Sermon: Fallen Fragments

Altar display on Sunday, featuring our broken and re-broken cross.

“Fallen Fragments”

(July 29, 2012) We all are broken. While we may be tempted to focus on the magnitude of the things Jesus does, in God’s economy, the broken, fallen fragments are of infinite worth, and add up to more than whatever we started with. If you’ve been gathered into God’s nameless love, will you take a basket and gather the broken? (John 6:1-21)

I found the Welcome from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community on Jon Acuff’s blog.

In case you are unfamiliar with them, here are the lyrics of the closing hymn, “How Can We Name a Love” (UMH 111), which spoke powerfully to me this week.

How can we name a Love that wakens heart and mind,
indwelling all we know or think or do or seek or find?
Within our daily world, in every human face,
Love’s echoes sound and God is found, hid in the commonplace.

If we awoke to life built on a rock of care
that asked no great reward but firm, assured, was simply there,
we can, with parents’ names, describe, and thus adore,
Love unconfined, a father kind, a mother strong and sure.

When people share a task, and strength and skills unite
in projects old or new, to make or do with shared delight,
our Friend and Partner’s will is better understood,
that all should share, create, and care, and know that life is good.

So in a hundred names, each day we all can meet
a presence, sensed and shown at work, at home, or in the street.
Yet every name we see, shines in a brighter sun:
In Christ alone is Love full grown and life and hope begun.

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