This text challenges me every time it pops up in the lectionary. We don't talk about casting out evil spirits very often up here in New England, so I usually end up kind of preaching around it. But for some reason, I decided to just tackle it head on this week. And by the end of my sermon, I had the entire church chant with me, "Not Today, Satan!"
I'd call that a success.
Hard to believe next weekend is the first Sunday in February. We've got another Super Bowl challenge going on at the church - go Pats!
- Rev. Sarah
I recorded the intro to my podcast last night and edited it and then never uploaded it and there is a part of me that wants to re-record the intro (because I say, "It's Monday, January 22nd" and now it's Tuesday), but there is a bigger part of me that is just going to go with it because imperfection is a sign of grace, bible study starts in 30 minutes and I love Harrison squealing at the end of the intro I recorded last night.
So I'm going to go with it!
Here is my sermon from Sunday. I preached on the call of the disciples, quoted the village people and shared some of my struggles as of late. Enjoy!
Ack! I need to get in the habit of posting these sermons on Sunday night because once I get into the office on Tuesday, I hit the ground running and don't have time to sit down and get it done. I had a really busy week, both at home and at church (which is made obvious by the fact that you can hear Harrison shrieking in my intro to this week's podcast). I know life is just full of seasons, so I am trying to dance with the crazy instead of just looking to get past it.
Here is last week's sermon! It is the call story of Philip and Nathanael from the Gospel of John. I actually kind of preached on star words again. If I remember correctly, I did this last year - I preached on star words the week we handed them out and then talked about them again the following week in case people weren't in church the week before (also giving those folks a chance to get star words the following week!). I'm not sure I actually meant to do it again, but it worked!
Here's my sermon! Enjoy ...
- Rev. Sarah
Yesterday was Star Sunday at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. We did this for the first time last year and I think it really started to gain traction this year. My sermon is part sermon and part star story. After I preached, I invited three members of the congregation to stand up and share their star stories. It was wonderful! I hope next year more people are interested in sharing, as well.
Have a great week, everyone!
Hi friends! Happy New Year! I hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas celebration. I am posting (albeit very delayed) my sermon from Christmas Eve. Probably not super relevant at the moment considering we've all moved past Christmas (although my tree is still up #waitingforepiphany #actuallyjustdontfeelliketakingitdown), BUT I do think the concept of living in both worlds is super applicable to our faith throughout the year, not just on Christmas.