(February 17, 2019) As I prepare to travel to the Called Session of The United Methodist Church, I am not alone in feeling worry about the future of our denomination. But if God cares for the birds and the flowers, perhaps God gives us something inherently human, which will provide for us so that we don’t need to worry. (Jeremiah 17:5-10, Matthew 6:25-34)
Bread, Bath, & Beyond
“If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation…” – 1 Corinthians 5:17
The new year always brings opportunity to move beyond our limitations, to find new beginnings, and be better than we were before. This season, we recall that the most transforming experiences of our faith— communion and baptism— are the starting points for life “beyond” our limitations.
As the new year begins, we are invited to be reborn in Christ, as we renew our commitment to serving God and to serving others. As we celebrate communion, we receive the amazing gift of God’s own self to us, and as we remember our baptism, we respond by giving ourselves back to God. But this beautiful exchange doesn’t stop there. We are called beyond this beginning, to live and serve in the world. Let’s make this year one of amazing transformations, for our lives, for our community, for our world!
Sermons in this Series:
January 6 – Follow Your Star (Bread)
January 13 – Call and Response (Bath)
January 27 – Beyond the Horizon
February 3 – Beyond Boundaries (the message was a brief reflection on being set free– through the power of God in Christ– from the sin that binds us, especially the sin of racism. The message was then embodied in liturgy and dance)
February 10 – Beyond the Chaos
February 17 – Beyond the Worry