Good afternoon! Sorry for the delay in posting this week. I have no other excuse other than I am two weeks away from my due date and we are busily getting ready for my maternity leave at church and the baby at home. And holy cow, spring is in full swing and things are BUSY at church! I think I have something going on every night this week - all good things, but I've been trying to keep track of everything and I keep thinking I'm going to miss something.
I won't be preaching this weekend, so I won't post another sermon until Memorial Day weekend. Our Children's Day & Choir Sunday is this Sunday, so the children are leading worship and we have some special music planned. We're looking forward to a great celebration with the theme, It Takes A (Church In The) Village!
Have a great week, everyone!
- Rev. Sarah
Sorry for the delay in posting this week. The church hosted a baby shower for Bruce and me after worship on Sunday and we spent a lot of the day organizing everything! We were truly overwhelmed and humbled by everyone's generosity.
There were heavy shepherding themes this week - both the 23rd psalm and the parable of Jesus as the Good Shepherd were included in the lectionary. I preached on them both and talked about what it means to ground our lives in the teachings of the Gospel and truly allow that to shepherd us every day.
Hi friends - here is this week's sermon. Those of you who follow me on social media may have seen that my college chaplain, the Rev. Charles Rice, passed away very unexpectedly this week. It did not feel right to preach, business as usual, without acknowledging not only this loss, but also the impact he had on my life. In a moment of grace unexpected, the lectionary had us on the Road to Emmaus this week. I could not have picked a more perfect scripture to preach on as I talked about the ways Rev. Rice embodied the incarnational love of God throughout his life and ministry.
Please keep the friends and family of Rev. Rice in your prayers, as well as the entire Ursinus College community. As I post this sermon, they are preparing for his funeral in Collegeville, PA. I so wish I could be there, but at this point in my pregnancy I just can't travel that far by myself.
- Rev. Sarah