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”

Sermon: “Made Real”

Scripture: Luke 24: 13-35, Road to Emmaus Sermon, May 7th, 2017; “Made Real” “Gather gladness from the skies; Take a lesson from the ground; Flowers do ope their heavenward eyes And a Spring-time joy have found; Earth throws Winter’s robes away, Decks herself for Easter Day. Seek God’s house in happy throng; Crowded let His table be; Mingle praises, prayer, and song, Singing to the Trinity. Henceforth let your souls always Make each morn an Easter Day.” These are the words of famous English poet and Jesuit priest, Gerard Manley Hopkins, who wrote many poems on the theme of Easter. … Continue reading Sermon: “Made Real”

Sermon for Serve Indy: “Live the Resurrection”

Sermon, “Live the Resurrection”, April 23rd, 2017 I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration last weekend! Did you know that today is still Easter? We celebrate what’s known as Eastertide, the season of 50 days between Easter Sunday and the 50th day, known as Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles. So, today, one week later, we still proclaim: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Now I wonder, how do we live that proclamation? Or do we? I ask this question, because what we believe should make a direct … Continue reading Sermon for Serve Indy: “Live the Resurrection”

Easter Vigil Meditation: Anticipation

Easter Vigil Meditation: “Anticipation”    The great preacher, the late Rev. Fred Craddock, once said that anticipation is one of faith’s greatest gifts. Tonight is a night of anticipation, as we know what was discovered on Easter morning. Holy Saturday marks the movement of Jesus from death to resurrection life. According to Scripture, when the women arrive at the tomb Jesus had already been raised and the entrance of the tomb had been opened. So tonight we sit in this anticipation, no longer in Good Friday, but not quite Easter morning. Jesus is mysteriously being raised and we proclaim it … Continue reading Easter Vigil Meditation: Anticipation

Holy Week: What do we do with suffering?

It’s the age old question: why is there suffering? It’s hard to ignore what is going on in the world around us. As we continue deeper into Holy Week, we see more images of people suffering in Syria and in all of the refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, and throughout the Middle East. We read about the famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen. Even here at home there are countless stories of lives lost too early, pain, and grief. What do we do with all of this suffering? If this week teaches us anything, it’s that Jesus walked … Continue reading Holy Week: What do we do with suffering?

A Picture of Peace & Hope: For Syria, For Indy

Those are his shoes, his wet hair and his clothes. They look too familiar. This little boy could have been my son. I’m reluctant to share the picture of three-year old Syrian child, Alan Kurdi, out of respect for this child’s family and the immensity of such sadness it brings, but it hits so close to home. The image made global headlines in September of 2015 after Kurdi and his family tried to flee war ravaged Syria. I see this image, I see my son. This is, in part, why I have become involved in helping to resettle and welcome … Continue reading A Picture of Peace & Hope: For Syria, For Indy

The Ripple Effect of Service

Scripture: Romans 12 Selected Verses So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you … Continue reading The Ripple Effect of Service