I titled this sermon, Overflowing Gifts, because it seems to me that both of these texts speak of how God pours out blessing, in us and to us. How God wants us to build each other up and share abundant life. Our Trinity vision statement reads, “Trinity United Church envisions a world that lives in the wholeness of God’s shalom.” That’s a picture somewhat like the wedding feast where the wine never runs out.
This Christmas, this story, invites you to kneel at the manger, to welcome the baby, to choose love instead of fear, to be a light in the darkness, that the world might be healed.
Well friends, we’ve made it! We’ve made it to the fourth and final Sunday in the season of Advent. Our waiting is almost over. Almost. This morning’s sermon will wrap up our exploration of the theme we have been following throughout Advent, “Do not be afraid.” We’ve been looking at some of our fears, and at God’s promises in the midst of our fears; God’s words of encouragement, Do not be afraid. Over the Sundays of Advent, our Scripture readings…
We are continuing this week our Advent theme of “Do not be afraid,” exploring our fears and God’s continued call to us of, “Do not be afraid.”
As your pastor, I believe Advent, like fibre, is good for you and so I’m determined to keep working on this with you year after year.
Sojourners is an evangelical community based in Washington DC. It is a progressive and socially active community, contrary to the common perception of what it means to be an evangelical. Jim Wallis, who is the Executive Director of Sojourners, recently said that the scripture we heard read today from Matthew 25 is the “test” scripture for his community. When thinking about their position on issues or the actions they feel called to undertake, they always ask themselves if they are…
How we can be a more welcoming, open, supportive church community, how we can be a church for those who are poor.
The church started out as this radical, countercultural community that brought people together…
My calling as your pastor. To be your servant.
What Jesus is calling us to is a radical trust, a willingness to accept that we may not know what is best, for ourselves or for others, but that God does.
This text is rooted in an awareness that divorce has consequences, that the fallout from divorce lands disproportionately on those who are most vulnerable, most often women and children.
It’s about trusting in something greater than ourselves, our self-reliance. It’s about daring to trust
In our tradition, we value openness and questioning and the freedom to think about Jesus in a variety of different ways. And I respect the fact that we need to continue to do that. … But we also have to make room for Jesus here among us.
Our job is to keep practicing our faith; to not take it for granted; to keep stretching ourselves to love one another across our differences
There are a lot of forces that get in the way of the life that God intended for us.