- there are a lot of competing voices out there vying for our attention and affection and dedication, and it’s human nature to be filled with expectation and to wonder who, or what, might be the messiah, the savior, the one who will deliver us from our troubles, fix things, restore things, put things right.
- And God is beckoning, cajoling, recruiting, commissioning, empowering, and using us to establish his Kingdom here “on earth, as it is in heaven,”
- And we have a lot of work to do to keep the promises we make: to continue the apostles teaching and fellowship, breaking of bread, we need to persevere, repent, return, proclaim by word and example, seeks and serve, strive for justice and peace, and respect, and insist on the respect of every human being
(“Dear Lord: Carry your word into the most protected parts of our hearts.”)
Today I don’t have a traditional sermon. I certainly don’t have a sermon about Father’s Day, but now that I’ve mentioned it, happy Father’s Day. Today, instead of a traditional sermon, I feel led to share some things that have been on my heart this past week.
I’ve been your Rector here since August of 2012. Those of you who have been here a long time know that my preaching style is almost always “expository,” a fancy word that simply means you take a passage of scripture, and having studied it during the week, you show – or expose – its meaning and relevance as best you can, and then you sit down, trusting Holy Spirit will be hard at work simultaneously translating for each of you what you need to hear on any given Sunday.
One of the implications of this style of preaching is I tend not to preach “to…