Ignore the fact that I kind of sound like a baritone in the audio this week. I'm pretty sure one of us has been sick at some point throughout the entire month of February. I'm SO ready for spring!
I decided to preach through the Epistle selections in the lectionary throughout the Lenten season this year. Obviously, I preached the Gospel last week (Lent 1 = Jesus in the wilderness), but I am going to try to stay in the letters from here on out. I preached out of Romans this week, which was paired with the Abraham narrative in Genesis, because Paul talks about having a faith like Abraham's. We sang and danced to Father Abraham during the children's sermon and then I talked about looking at the entire Abraham narrative when we think about having faith like his.
I'll be honest, I'm having a hard time sharing this one. As a preacher, I feel so vulnerable the week following a shooting. I don't think there is a "right" thing to say. I try to tread carefully and that may or may not be the right thing to do, either. I don't want to stir up a debate, but I also don't want anyone to think that I'm afraid to speak hard truths, either. I want to pray for the victims of this shooting, but I also know that, like so many others have said, thoughts and prayers are just not enough anymore.
Ugh. It's so hard. I spoke a truth that I think my people needed to hear and could take with them and apply to their lives. Hopefully that was enough. I pray that God will continue to work out the details and I will be obedient in my preaching. Because it's not easy!
So here is my sermon. Lent 1, Jesus in the wilderness, the weekend after a shooting in our country.
- Rev. Sarah
And now in the category of "better late than never," here is my sermon from LAST Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday. We had a Mardi Gras Sunday at the church that day (check out the pictures on our Facebook page!) and I talked in my sermon about the Transfiguration reminds us that our lives truly can be transformed by our faith. I hope yours is, as well!
- Rev. Sarah
Not the Super Bowl outcome any of my church members were hoping for last night, but we are moving on and getting ready for Mardi Gras Sunday! We've never done this before (at least not to the degree we are this year), so follow me on Instagram (@revsarahweaver) to see some behind the scenes this week!
I continued to preach through the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark this week. I am having so much fun following this chronologically! Part of me would love to go off lectionary sometime and preach through a Gospel in a more intentional way. I love that the lectionary brings us through different parts of the bible, but this has also been a lot of fun.
There is a LOT going on in this morning's passage. My sermon could have gone in so many different directions. I ended up focusing on Jesus retreating to a deserted place to pray. I used the acronym, SIP - sabbath, intentional prayer - as an illustration. So take a sip!