Weekly Sermons (Page 27)

Missing Pieces

There is no frustration like folding a basket of laundry and coming to end with leftover socks. In our house, there is a basket of socks waiting for their partners to be found across loads of laundry. There is no exasperation like spending the afternoon putting together a 500-piece puzzle, only to find out 1 piece is missing from the box. There…

Puzzling Over the Clock

Anyone who has ever tried to fit one more thing into a carefully choreographed, packed to the gills kind of day, understands puzzling over the clock. Many of us feel as though we have little give in our day to day. There are things we must do – we must sleep – although statistically, very few of us get the recommended 8…

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…