Hi all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It kind of feels like summer came back around for one final hurrah - we were debating robing this morning! Not that I'm wanting it to snow or anything, but I'm definitely ready for fall.
Here is my sermon from this morning. This was not an easy text to preach on! I am always grateful for the opportunity to use preaching as a way of deepening my own faith and listening to the bold and radical call of God in my life.
You'll see in my sermon that I gave my church a charge this week to go into fellowship after worship and talk to someone they had never talked to before. I wasn't sure how it would go, but it was awesome! I posted this on Facebook on Sunday night:
During my sermon this morning, I charged everyone to go into fellowship after worship and talk to someone they had never talked to before. Not necessarily someone new - just someone they didn't know. We all know how easy it is to just get comfortable in our little groups and social circles but are never sure how to break the cycle. Might as well all give it a shot together, right? I told everyone if they needed an ice breaker, they could either talk about the weather OR use the opening line, "Can you believe Sarah is making us do this?" And seriously - by the time I went downstairs to my office to drop off my robe and walked into fellowship, I literally NOTICED a difference in conversation in the room. I saw people I know didn't know each other talking and laughing. The only people who came over to talk to me were people who wanted to introduce me to someone who had worshipped with us for the first time. People left and called to me, "I talked to two new people today! I talked to three!" I'm so grateful for my people who humor me and follow along with my crazy ideas. Praise be to God for hospitality, new friendships and a community strengthened by fellowship. ❤️ #rccstrong
I have nothing else to say! Here's my sermon - enjoy!
Oh my goodness, y'all I am SO sorry I am so delayed in posting this. I keep asking veteran mamas what ages their kids were when they managed to pull themselves back together and they all just laugh at me. Ha! So I'm doing the best I can, but definitely still working out the kinks of my new schedule.
Anyway, here is my sermon from last week. I think this is a message we all need to hear - a reminder that so much of the Gospel boils down to the simple commandment to love one another.
- Rev. Sarah
Oh friends, I told Bruce last night that "everything is changing this week!" I am back to work full time, my sweet Baby Harrison started daycare and we have two new staff members starting on Sunday. This past Sunday was Jordan's last Sunday and we sent him off with love and music! If you follow us on Facebook, you saw that we sang Piano Man with re-written lyrics, complete with a harmonica, solos for everyone and a singalong at the end. It really was incredible!
I hope you enjoy my sermon. It really was a tribute to the work Jordan has put in at the church over the past 4 1/2 and the impact he's had on all of us.
Good luck in Austin, Jordan! They don't know how lucky they are.
See y'all next week. On to new beginnings ...