“I Believe”

Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:21-30 “I Believe” Introduction I asked Ben if we could ordain and install him in today’s service, because our texts today are about calling.  I figure Ben feels like I did and most do when it comes to being called to serve, that is like Jeremiah, “I cannot do this, Lord. I do not know how to … Read More

“Some Wedding Feast!”

John 2:1-11 “Some Wedding Feast!”  Note:  This sermon adapted from Kimberly Clayton’s sermon “God’s Beloved:  Known for Our Parties?” preached at Worship and Music Conference Week II, Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, NC, June 30, 2015.  Introduction Dr. Kim Long, a professor of worship at Columbia Seminary, our Presbyterian Seminary in Decatur, GA, is working on a book on weddings and … Read More

“God’s Beloved: Marked by Baptism”

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 “God’s Beloved:  Marked by Baptism” Introduction I love this Sunday, the Sunday we celebrate baptism.  I find myself wanting to take the water in the baptismal bowl and walk up and down the aisles, flinging water in all directions, saying, “Baptism! Baptism for everyone!” I grew up and was baptized in a different Christian tradition, one where … Read More

“Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light”

Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 “Guide Us to Thy Perfect Light” Introduction Theologian H. Richard Niebuhr likens revelation to a moment when we are reading a “difficult book, seeking to follow a complicated argument, and we come across a luminous sentence from which we can go forward and backward and so attain some understanding of the whole.”(1) The same might be … Read More