Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sermons from August 2016

Lord’s Prayer Series – Temptation

What I mean by that is that most of us have not been a part of a social movement in which we have to make a strategic choice about whether or not to employ violence in an action. Most of us face this choice on a daily, personal level. Our temptation to do violence is in the little things. To practice thoughtful compassion or reactive anger. “The devil is in the details,” so to speak.

Lord’s Prayer Series – Debts

What strikes me about all these different kinds of debt is the cyclical nature of it all. People get locked into these cycles and things spiral out of control. That’s why the image of debt for sin is such a powerful one. We don’t just owe one thing, the charges keep adding up, no matter how hard we try to pay down the balance. The “interest” accrues, so to speak.

Lord’s Prayer Series – Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Daily means there is enough for today. And by extension, tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. And “us” means everyone. This line in the prayer is a plea for the reality of God’s reign to make itself manifest now, that there may be enough for everyone and everybody all the time.

Lord’s Prayer Series – Name & Kingdom

So this is my challenge—consider it homework. Let’s take the Lord’s Prayer, whether it’s from the versions in our memory or the Bible, and put it into our own words. Let’s think about what these words mean for the big picture and the small picture. Let’s contemplate our lives—what are personal hopes are, our dreams, our fears; let’s read or watch the news, and then put all of that into conversation with these ancient words by paraphrasing them.