On this warm Sunday morning, we will celebrate
communion and enjoy some special music offered by our choir director and
organ/pianist. My sermon will address Jesus' underlying strategy of using
parables in his ministry. Why parables, since they are cryptic,
difficult, and require so much personal engagement from hearers? Jesus
was asked this question by his disciples themselves. His answer has a lot to do
with the Gospel requiring responsiveness from those Jesus encounters.
and writer, Frederick Buechner, tells of the time when he was invited to teach
a class at Harvard Divinity School. He was surprised to find that most of
the Harvard students in his class were wrapped up in one social cause or
another, but completely lacking in a desire to pursue God himself. Not
only was the fact that he opened his class with prayer considered controversial
and ridiculous by many of the students (makes one wonder why they were in Divinity
school at all), but Buechner says that when he looked out at the class they
reminded him of a bunch of dead fish on cracked ice, with their eyes looking
back at him in a glazed over stare. His scathing review reminds me of
Jesus parabolic purpose: he wanted people to be engaged with the dawning of the
kingdom of God in his person. And if their eyes were glazed over as he
was telling his parable of the kingdom, he knew they were not ready for
Are we? Are we
alive, responsive, and open to God? This is what I'm going to be talking about
on Sunday and I don't plan to pull any punches. I must also ask the same
question of myself regarding my responsive to God's promptings in my life. To
paraphrase the words of Jesus from Matthew 11:13, "Those that
respond and receive will get even more, and those who do not respond will get
nothing; and even the nothing they have will be taken away from them."
Let's respond to the
gift, the life, the opportunity that is right before us in our place and time.
The Lord wants to bless our lives, but we must respond to his call and
promptings. Attending worship on Sunday is a good way to take a step in
the direction of responsiveness. I hope to see many of you at 10 o'clock
in our sanctuary.
Fellowship in Upper Room, CE Bldg.
Do You Have An Open Mind
and a Supple Heart?
2 Corinthians 4:1-6;
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Note: The August/September
newsletter will be coming out this weekend!
The aforementioned address is to a spread sheet addressing the needs of
our sponsored 10th grade girl, named Cassidy at Y Family Village.
Please read the article in this weekend’s bulletin. If you have questions,
contact Sally Bastine; 425-868-9871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sally needs to collect donated items by August 16th.