The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector St. James’ Episcopal Church
August 19, 2012
I’ve been with you for fourteen years, and in all those years, I’ve preached a lot of sermons. In fact – I asked Kay Gregg to go back through the parish register and checkthe exact number –I have preached here at St. James’ 3,087 times.
And in all those sermons, I’ve only really been trying to make three points:
There’s a God-shaped hole inside each of us that only God can fill, and 99% of human trouble, loneliness, and unhappiness comes from trying to fill our God-shaped hole with something or someone other than God.
If we can follow the First Commandment, the other nine come easily, and the first commandment starts out not with a prohibition, but a reminder, a reminder that God is a god of freedom: “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” God seeks to free us from whatever enslaves us, and the God who crea…