Sermons on Love
How have you known love in your life?
This time of big change in our church is an opportunity for us to re-centre ourselves in the radical heart of our faith, this story of a powerful, saving, reconciling love that knows no limits.
For God’s will to be done on earth, here in the church, as it is in heaven, then love must always be our guide!
Here’s the thing to remember: God’s love is not mere sentiment; it’s much, much more than a sentiment.
At the heart of this story is the question of who’s in and who’s out. How does any social group decide who’s part of ‘us’ and who belongs to ‘the other’.
Living; being the essence, the presence of love is the reason, the “Why” for Christ’s coming.
Leviticus 19:33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. My wife Heather and I have three children, two; Julie and Chris, were products of Heather’s first marriage and the third, Aba, is a young…
As we listen to the Gospel story of the shepherds, there’s one question that comes to my mind: why them?
Maybe we all need the kind of experience that Zacchaeus had, where Jesus shows up in our lives, invites himself into our homes and to our tables, and gives us some work to do in the world.
The two passages we heard read this morning make about as clear a contrast as one might find between the God of the Old Testament and the Jesus of the New. Jeremiah, the prophet who is so well known for preaching fire and brimstone that his name has become a synonym for warnings of gloom and doom, is at his most fiery here. Condemning the people of Judah as stupid, he warns them that a devastating wind is coming, earthquakes…
It startles our ears to hear Jesus saying we should hate our parents, our siblings, even spouse and children. What can this mean? Well the truth is, it’s impossible for us to be sure. It’s impossible to make even a good guess at what Jesus is saying when we read only this short passage. The gospels are collections of sayings and stories put together by the author or editor in a way that is intended to convey meaning when read…
Leonard Bernstein, the renowned conductor of the New York Philharmonic was once asked what was the most difficult position to fill in the orchestra. Without hesitation he replied, “The second fiddle! I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm—that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.” I think Bernstein captures in this little story the essence of what is important about humility. He…
The story of the Good Samaritan may be one of the most familiar of all the stories in the Gospels. Certainly it is one that has made its way into our common cultural heritage. There are hospitals and schools and societies named for the anonymous person journeying through ancient Palestine that day. There is even a law in the United States named after him, a law that protects someone from potential liability if they give aid to a stranger in…
On foot Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd American President and arguably the most learned of all of them, believed that in the gospel stories, Jesus gave humankind the greatest moral code by which to live. The Bible, Jefferson believed, provided wisdom and guidance for human living,
We need to be more like Mary. We need to stop counting the cost. We need to stop being so reasonable and prudent; we need to give without expecting a tax receipt. We need to engage our hearts.
A sermon by Rev. Jeff Seaton on the power of love.