Sermon: A Time to Plant

oak leaves and acorn“A Time to Plant”

(Opening Memorial Service, Troy Annual Conference, June 10, 2009) Wisdom–found in the Hebrew Bible, in Paul’s letters, in Christ’s words, and even in popular culture–teaches us that dying is not really dying at all, but becoming something new and more powerful than we imagine. How can this wisdom help us trust in the cycles and seasons of life, especially when we shrink before the mystery and grieving of death? (Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 51, 54, John 12:20-26, and Star Wars: A New Hope)

This is the ‘rehearsal’ recording, made in advance and without the benefit and energy of a live congregation. Nothing takes the place of live preaching, but for those who want to listen to the memorial service almost in real time, and cannot be there, here’s your chance.

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