Sermon, “Blessed to be a Blessing”

SCRIPTURE READING             Genesis 12: 1-5 12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great,  and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5 He took his … Continue reading Sermon, “Blessed to be a Blessing”

Sermon “The Call of Wisdom”

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8: 1-11, 32-36 Sermon for July 2nd, 2017, “The Call of Wisdom” I’m climbing into the pulpit again this morning! For me at least, I feel like walking up to this place elevates my call and responsibility to preach, both literally and spiritually. Perhaps it’s the idea of having a specific place to worship together, to offer Holy Communion together, and to offer the sermon in this place where many pastors before me have shared their experience of God and Scripture. As I practiced my sermon from this very place this week, I started to wonder, “Is … Continue reading Sermon “The Call of Wisdom”

Sermon for VBS Sunday, “Hope for the Future”

SCRIPTURE READING- Jeremiah 29: 1, 10-14 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. 10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come … Continue reading Sermon for VBS Sunday, “Hope for the Future”

Give Us Scoundrels Your Grace

This is a line from a letter that Saint Francis of Assisi wrote to his Friars in 1225 toward the end of his life. It is from a prayer that ends the letter to his brothers in the faith. The full prayer is: Almighty, eternal, just, and merciful God, give us scoundrels your grace to do for you what we know you want from us, and always to do that which is pleasing to you. May we be inwardly purified, interiorly illumined, and kindled by the fire of the Holy Ghost, so that we are able to follow in the … Continue reading Give Us Scoundrels Your Grace

Sermon “Fried Green Tomatoes”

Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37, The Good Samaritan Sermon: “Fried Green Tomatoes”   Anzette Thomas. I still remember her name. She was our very first neighbor when Candace and I got married and moved into family housing at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, my seminary. She was from Jackson, Mississippi and had the sweet southern spirit of a Methodist from the Deep South. One day, as Anzette was walking by our makeshift garden in front of our little seminary apartment, she noticed some tomatoes starting to pop up. She quickly asked if she could nab them before they turned bright red in … Continue reading Sermon “Fried Green Tomatoes”

“Welcoming the Migrant” Annual Conference Petition 2017

I submitted a petition to the Indiana United Methodist Annual Conference for the first time this year. This petition is titled “Welcoming the Migrant In Our Midst,” the petition can be read via the link below. This submission comes from my powerful and heartbreaking experiences with immigrant and refugee families in Indiana. Unfortunately the Annual Conference session ran out of time before this and many resolutions made it to the floor for conversation and a vote. If it would have made it the floor, here is what I would have said: Matt Landry Meridian Street, Indianapolis As the submitter of … Continue reading “Welcoming the Migrant” Annual Conference Petition 2017

Ascension Day Sermon “Take Your Place”

SCRIPTURE Readings          Acts 1:6-11; Luke 24:50-53 Sermon, May 21st, 2017, “Take Your Place” This seems like an appropriate place to be to preach a message on Ascension Sunday (in the pulpit)! I hope our eyes are lifted up today, and I pray that our hearts and lives will be uplifted as well!  “One year, with the whole Duke University seminary in robes and gathered in the chapel, the Ascension Day celebration ended with clouds of incense ascending and a great song of ascension leading them out of the mist into the courtyard. What the worshipers did … Continue reading Ascension Day Sermon “Take Your Place”