Sermons on Church
Being in Christian community means this: ‘if one member of the body suffers, all suffer together with it’ and ‘if one member of the body is honoured, all rejoice together with it’. (2)
So what does it mean “to welcome” or to be a “welcoming congregation”?
Of course, its not a schmaltzy or romantic understanding of love-its more of an understanding of love as self-emptying.
I want to challenge you to be open to thinking and acting in new ways, including being more attentive to your relationships with Jesus through God and how they inform your faith life and your ministries.
Church is a holy mess. And it always has been. We come as patches of the quilt, willing to be formed into God’s beautiful tapestry.
This is part of that countercultural, alternative reality I keep talking about. How the church is very unlike the world.
God is alive and active, roving amongst us even today.
Our opportunity today is to recover this sense of what the church is, an outpost of the kingdom of heaven, a community unlike any other, a place where God’s will is done on earth, as in heaven.
Here the sower calls us all together, mixed bag and all, into the ministry that is Christ-like, in the life of the church and for the sake of the world.
I think it’s time for us to go deeper into our own story, to seek direction from that story, to seek our purpose there.
“We need you.” We need those outside to help us remember our story, and to encourage us to live it again.
How closely does our church, what we are doing as church today, resemble the church that was born on the Day of Pentecost?
This morning we have heard two marvellous stories of mountain-top experiences and shining faces. It makes sense that they would go together. I am not trying to diminish the significance of either of these accounts, and there must be degrees of shining, but honestly, have you never seen a shining face? I can think of a few weddings when I could hardly bear to look at the brilliant joy of a bride and groom as they stood there. I remember…
A sermon by Rev. Jeff Seaton on the power of love.
We hear a call to work for a world in which no one is excluded, or neglected, or cast off.
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.
My calling as your pastor. To be your servant.
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