Contributed on Feb 29, 2012
Like the rich young ruler, we can hold on to what we have, and spend our lives full of regret and guilt, or we can let it go, and we can turn and follow Jesus.
Once upon a time there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot. So he took it to his king and said, "My Lord, this is the greatest carrot I've ever grown or ever will grow. Therefore I want to present it to you as a token of my love and respect for you." The king was touched and discerned the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2012
John reveals to us the plan of the God who loves his people very much; so much that he sent his very own Son to be a light in the darkness. And when the powers of this dark world seem to overwhelm us, all we have to do is choose to follow that light.
Earlier this week, I was reading about a church in another town that was trying to coin a great catchphrase for their church sign. Lots of people in the church had input, and the suggestions put forth were good, but the church members were afraid that only other Christians would fully understand or ...read more
Contributed on Mar 21, 2012
Jesus calls us to follow God’s will, even if we are scared. And sometimes following means that we have to fall on our knees, push aside our own agendas, and ask in complete humility that God’s will be done. That’s the lesson of the garden.
On the day I happened to begin writing this sermon this week, I was very tired. I had been tired the night before, and I had even gone to bed early, but it didn’t seem to make a difference. I was just plain worn out! You know the feeling I’m sure. It might be that we are in day twelve ...read more
Contributed on Mar 28, 2012
This Palm Sunday, and every day, as we wave our leafy branches and worship our God and King, we have to remember who this really is. We can never forget just how very much he loves us, and we have to go out and love others in the same way.
Perhaps you have heard all the news lately about Queen Elizabeth’s “Diamond Jubilee.” This year marks the 60th anniversary of Elizabeth’s reign as the Queen of England. She ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952. The “Diamond Jubilee” is the international ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2012
A Maundy Thursday sermon focusing on the pattern which Christ has given us to follow so that we might know joy and happiness in the presence of the Father.
I have in my office a beautiful needlepoint of the United Methodist cross and flame. It was a gift to me one Christmas a few years ago from a parishioner. The piece is not huge, it fits into a 5x7 frame, but I know the woman who did this needlepoint spent hours and hours weaving this beautiful ...read more