Sermon

What Might God Be Birthing?

What Might God Be Birthing?

We often say that advent is a time of waiting, of sitting in darkness, and watching for signs of Christ’s ever growing light. But I think even more so, Advent is a time for dreaming, for hoping, for re-imagining our world through God’s eyes… 
It is a time to face the darkness and choose not to respond with fear, but instead ask the hopeful question… “What if?” 

What if God is birthing something new here? 

What if the circumstances of our life aren’t just some random occurrence…  What if this is the Holy Spirit at work even now… even in this darkness?

Advent is a time to dream with God anew…
what might it look like if God’s light were to shine even here?

The Messy Lineage of Jesus

The Messy Lineage of Jesus

See, this life of faith we lead is not about purity. Following Jesus is not about pretending everything is clean and tidy and neat. This is about how our stories are changed because of his story. And we start to see our own stories in the light of God’s goodness and grace, God’s transforming love that takes it all in.

I don’t know what your story is – your lineage, your family, your past. All I know is this: there is a place for you in the family of God. All the messiness and beauty and weakness and strength – all of it. God is redeeming it all.

When You Can’t Know What Comes Next…

When You Can’t Know What Comes Next…

Our identities were formed in the waters of a fast-moving river beyond our own choosing or creating. And when we leave this world, the river still moves on. Maybe, like Moses, we’ll look toward the future and realize it’s out of our hands; and we’ll hope and pray that the ones we leave behind will be ok. There will come a time for letting go. Letting go. The next chapter won’t be ours to write. It belongs to someone else.

And we can’t know how it will turn out.

We All Worship Something

We All Worship Something

When you bring your pledges up, when you make your promise to God and to each other to give your silver and gold here, you’re doing something so basic and so ordinary: you’re supporting this church so we can help children like Louise grow up knowing Jesus loves her, and help her to decide which god she will worship. Because she’s going to worship something.

And when you walk this aisle, and offer up your pledge, you’re declaring where your own life is centered. Which god you worship. May it be the One who redeemed you from slavery, all kinds of slavery, and gives you freedom, freedom to truly care for other people. May it be the One who gives you life.

A Path through the Wilderness

A Path through the Wilderness

God is always meeting people in the midst of their wilderness. 
God meets us in our struggles and provides what we need there to survive and endure, and then God will always provide us with a path out. 
A new system… a way forward… a better way of living that surpasses even our best efforts. 

A repeated phrase for our sermons so far in exodus has been that “Egypts come in many sizes,” well the saying is true of the wilderness too.. the wilderness comes in many sizes, and in many places too… I don’t know what wilderness you are journeying through right now… But I do know that God is meeting you there. And I know that it is not God’s wish for you to remain there… 

Instead God is providing you a way forward… a new system to put in place… a better way of life…