I know a lot of clergy celebrate the Sunday after Easter as Holy Humor Sunday, but, if I'm being honest, I'm really just not that funny. So rather than force something that just won't work for me, this past Sunday we stuck to the things that I am good at in worship -integrating special music into the service, bringing the community together to bless a new batch of prayer shawls and gathering around the living waters of baptism as we baptized our very own Baby Jesus (or at least, he played him in the Christmas pageant last year!). It was a wonderful Sunday and I was thrilled to see so many people come out, considering it was the end of school vacation and there is often a low after Easter Sunday, anyway.
Enjoy today's sermon! Felt a little strange to be out of our sermon series, but it's always nice to just read the scripture at the beginning of the week and then see where my mind takes me.
Hello and Happy Easter!
I usually post my sermons on Sunday evening, but I figured everyone would be celebrating the Easter holiday and not waiting with baited breath for my sermon to post.
A few weeks ago, Jon and I went to see The Lion King when it came to PPAC and as I was watching, I had an idea for this year's Easter Sermon. After watching April the Giraffe give birth on Saturday morning (yes, I was totally sucked in!), I thought about going in a different direction, but really wanted to stick with this message. So stay tuned for an April sermon illustration! :)
I preached out of Matthew this year. I tend to bounce back and forth between John and wherever we are in the lectionary cycle, but have preached on John for the past few years and really was looking for something different so I turned to Matthew this year.
I hope you all had a blessed Easter celebration!
- Rev. Sarah
Happy Palm Sunday!
It is week six of our Lenten sermon series, Boot Camp for the Soul and the theme for this morning is Celebrate & Wait. I had a great time preaching through this series and I look forward to taking a look at some of the other series in the future.
I have always struggled with the paradox of preaching Palm Sunday when I know Maundy Thursday & Good Friday are coming. In light of everything that happened in Syria last week, I think I lived out that paradox as I was preparing my sermon this week. It's always so hard to find a balance.
We really had a really wonderful worship this morning at RCC this morning, which was exactly what I needed after a challenging sermon writing week and just the icing on the cake of a great weekend that started with our Easter Egg Hunt yesterday.
- Rev. Sarah
I am on week 5 of the Lenten Sermon Series, Boot Camp for the Soul. This week the theme is Dead Ends. The scriptures are Ezekiel 37:1-14 & John 11:1-45.
If you are interested in learning more about the sermon series, take a look at the book, A Preacher's Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series. It's been a really great series!
The full text is available at my blog, www.preachinginpumps.com.
Have a great week!
- Rev. Sarah