In this sermon based on Paul's letter to the Ephesians (5:8-14) he tells of the benefits to living in the light and living without shame. In Norway there's a town that is in a Valley that rarely gets the sun, so a resident brought the sun to the people to help them live in the light. http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/03/25/reflections-of-a-town-rjukan-residents-come-out-of-the-shadows-towards-the-light/
Being Ironic seems to be an intentional way that young people assert that deep down they've got substance too! (google Ironic Mustache) Irony is definitely present in many of our seniors, who, when offered an opportunity to engage in some Show and Tell, (which is typically reserved for Grade 1 classes) jumped at in a big way, and all had something deep to share! Christ uses Irony in the story of the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4: 5-42) to engage in very deep conversation to point us in the direction of the deepest substance of all! I hope you enjoy this Holy Irony!
On this second Sunday of Lent, the scripture lesson is the story of Adam and Eve being tempted by the serpent. (Gen 2:15-17; 3:1-7) In it, the Serpent has one truth and God has another. The Serpent says, the fruit of knowledge of good and evil won't kill them, God says it will. The Serpant says eating will open their eyes, God says it'll end their life. Who's truth is right? Are both God and the Serpent telling partial truths? I hope you enjoy this and God bless you this Lent!
This sermon is based on the scripture for the Transfiguration - 2 Peter 1: 16-21 and Matthew 17: 1-9. When Christ's full glory is shown to the disciples it feels good, but when they experience God in it, they're terrified. Is this story true for you. At times we experience some divine and/or heaven sent and when we don't have it pegged or named, we feel unworthy or even scared. What if we learned to name it for what it is? The presence of Christ, the living God for the disciples lives and for ours. God's blessings to you!
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