Weekly Sermons (Page 26)

But, I Do Pray…

As we begin this morning, let’s take a little survey – how many of you have every prayed one of these prayers – feel free to raise your hand Now I lay me down to sleep God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner. The Lord is my shepherd Bless us,…

Be Aware of Wonder!

It was two Fridays ago. Felicity, my younger daughter and I had just walked Alisabeth, her older sister to the bus stop and had a good 45 minutes before we had to leave to take Felicity to CMO. It was a Friday, my Sabbath day, so I, uniquely, was in no rush. Felicity and I were eating breakfast together at our kitchen…

Do Not Take Things That Aren’t Yours

This Sunday, we continue our series All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten and Sunday School. We have explored playing fairly with one another as well as last week, when you go into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. I based this on the wisdom of the book from years back by the same title,…

Play Fairly!

I wonder if you heard the one about the pastor who was visiting various classes during the Sunday School Hour to see how they were doing. One Sunday she visited the class of 6th grade boys. They were talking about things in the Old Testament. After listening for a while, she thought she would quiz them, “Who knows who knocked down the…

Listen and Learn!

The story is told of Franklin Roosevelt, our 32nd president, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, “I murdered my grandmother…

Eat and Be Filled!

As we pick up this familiar miracle, Jesus is looking for a moment of peace. He just found out that his friend, his cousin, his prophet, John the Baptist, has been tragically killed. He is looking for some time to reflect on the solemnity of his loss and be by himself. This picture comes from the beach of Nassau in the Bahamas,…

The Smallest Faith: Mustard Seeds, Yeast, Pearls

We continue with Jesus in the parables as Jesus teaches the twelve and the many with short illustrations about everyday objects that are deep illustrations about the life of faith. Here, Jesus challenges us, if only we had the smallest amount of faith¸ we would see the kingdom of God. But don’t we? The kingdom of God is first like the tiny…

A Seedy Faith

I was in elementary school when the book Where’s Waldo came out. Anyone remember him? I can remember kids in my classes spending hours searching the page to see if they could find that time-traveling aficionado, named Waldo, dressed in red and white stripes. It was hard to pick him out of the crowd. He blended in well with his surroundings, wherever…

A Rich Faith

Well, I ought to tell you right up front. My planting experience is limited. It doesn’t mean people didn’t try. My maternal grandparents were on a farm much of their lives, and when they retired they still had over an acre of garden. When I went spend summers with them, they would patiently teach me. But I wanted each seed and each…