We continued our five-week journey through 1 Corinthians this week by looking at the fourth chapter in its entirety. One of the things I love about doing scripture-based sermon series (as opposed to theme-based, which is what we did in Advent and over the summer) is that I really don't know, from week to week, where my sermon is going to go. Sometimes it is dictated by what is going on throughout the week and, in the case of this sermon, that was what happened.
We started a sermon series on Sunday looking at pieces of 1 Corinthians. It's not my ideal - I really love looking at scripture in a linear and continual way - but we have five weeks before the Transfiguration and beginning of Lent and I figured it would be too choppy to get through the whole thing with breaks for Mardi Gras, Palm Sunday, Easter, etc. So hopefully this will give everyone a flavor! I say this in my sermon, but I would encourage you to fill in the gaps that we miss so you can read the letter in its entirety over the next five weeks!
Last year I had some major FOMO when all my friends were preaching Baptism of Christ and doing amazing remembrance of baptism liturgies and I was on the Year of Mark and didn't get to join in on the fun. It didn't work out this year that I was able to do a big baptism remembrance (which honestly, I'm not sure how you do logistically that with 160 people in church anyway!) but we did do a liturgy in between concerns and celebrations where I offered a blessing from the font and then that led into the pastoral prayer. It was lovely! And, after receiving a lot of positive feedback, it reminded me that sometimes less is more and simple things really can make a difference in people's lives.
Hi friends and Happy New Year!
Like so many other churches, we have adopted the "star word" tradition at RCC to coincide with Epiphany. This is the 4th year we have done it, so my sermon is brief, as we invite people from the congregation to stand up and share their "star stories" from the year before. Last year my word was affirmation, so I talked a little bit about that and also about star words in general. If you didn't get a star word and would like one, please let me know! I'm happy to draw and send you one.