Summary: God builds His people together for their benefit and to show His Kingdom in the world.
Sermon: "Living Bricks" Anderson
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In the light of Epiphany, as it shines in the
words, hearts and hands of God’s people, I
would like to share two texts from today’s
readings. First from the prophet Isaiah, the
62nd chapter, in Jesus name: "The nations
will see your righteousness, and all kings
your glory; you will be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will bestow."
(Isaiah 62:2 NIV) Also, we read from the
inspired words of St. Paul: 4 "There are
different kinds of gifts, but the same
Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of
service, but the same Lord. 6 There are
different kinds of working, but the same God
works all of them in all men." (1 Corinthians
Beloved brothers and sisters of Epiphany’s
light: Grace, mercy and peace in the Light
that Jesus brings... the light that empowers
us to be torchbearers to others. Amen.
The Spartan king boasted to a visiting
dignitary that his walls were virtually
impregnable. The dignitary was astonished
that the Spartan king could make such a claim
because there were no walls surrounding the
"Where are the walls?" he asked. The king
pointed to his infantry who were disciplined,
alert and excellently prepared and equipped
to meet the enemy. "These," he said, "are
the walls of Sparta; every man a brick."
As I look around the sanctuary, I see bricks
in God’s kingdom. I’ve seen many of you at
Board meetings, serving on committees,
working in the kitchen, teaching in Sunday
school... you are bricks in God’s kingdom.
But as I say this, I hasten to make one
clarification. A brick is a thing merely
important for its function. You are not
merely things to God.
The bricklayer wouldn’t dive off the scaffold
and give his life to break the fall of a
dropped brick. YET GOD’S OWN SON gave His
life to break your fall, and my fall, into
the pit of hell.
So when I call you “living bricks,” I mean
more than that you are important only for
your Christian service. You are important,
not because of what you do, but because God
loves you so much that He sent the Messiah--
His own Son-- who died to save you.
Having saved you, God now builds you up in
Christ. Part of being touched very
personally by Jesus... part of being molded
in our Christian character, is being
connected to other Christians. No man is an
HERE’S HOW I IMAGINE YOU AS A CHRISTIAN: In
the picture language of a fable, you were a
wretched youth from your birth. Despising
your father’s authority and spurning his love
you went out on your own and did what you
pleased. You entertained the lusts of the
heart as you danced to a worldly piper.
But when the piper demanded payment, the only
compensation he would accept was your life.
But your Father worked out a Substitute. His
loyal Son, and your loving Brother, died in
The Father’s love, however, was stronger than
death. Your Brother returned from the grave.
His love... the Father’s love, had the power
to do what you couldn’t do. In your
resurrection from death, your heart was
changed from stone and became living flesh.
You were taken from a dark prison. You were
washed and clothed and your wounds were
healed. But the love of God did not stop
there. Knowing that humans were not created
to be alone, he brought you to a great hall.
Many, many people filled the great hall.
There was a banquet table. Over-stuffed
chairs, clustered in groups, were scattered
about the room. Projects were underway, as
people laughed and talked and sang and
My friends, in Christ you have been made
complete in every way. You are saved from
eternal damnation. You are clothed in
righteousness. You are entrusted into a
fellowship with other brothers and sisters of
the faith. And you are empowered to carry
out projects within the Great Hall of God’s
You are living bricks, and St. Peter’s is the
house that we compose. St. Peter’s is not
what you see in these walls. It’s you who
sit in the pews!
St. Peter’s is not the wonderful light that
streams through are spacious windows. It’s
the light of Epiphany flowing from your
hearts and hands into the world. THANK GOD
FOR ST. PETER’S! Therefore, thank God for
each of you, and the special gifts He has
AS THE SPARTAN KING UNDERSTOOD when he said
that his soldiers are his walls, so we
understand that St. Peter’s is her people--
given a new name, as Isaiah prophesied-- a
"chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy