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Advent Waiting - November 30, 2014

Isaiah 64:1-9
I Corinthians 1:3-9

Here we are, on the first Sunday of Advent. We've lit the first candle of our Advent wreath. The Christmas for Kids tree is up in the back of the sanctuary ready for you to take a tag to purchase a gift for a needy child. In past years the tree has been left bare and sad in that time between the taking of the tags and the bringing of the gifts. This year we are asking you to hang an ornament on the tree once you've taken your tag.
Advent. I think adding the ornaments will be lovely. I also think the bare tree had an Advent message for us. Advent is a season of waiting. It is that almost here but not quite yet time, like when the first tray of cookies is in the oven but not yet done. It's the season of preparation, like the first rehearsal when the choir sings through a difficult piece of music. At that stage the music often does not sound beautiful. As a choir member I'm not sure I'm going to like it. That usually changes after a few rehearsals as the notes come together, and I become more confident in singing, but while we're learning the anthem it is unlovely.

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The Glorious Inheritance - November 23, 2014

Ephesians 1:15-23

Today we will receive into membership one new member by transfer from another church and eleven youth by profession of faith. It is a particular joy for me to receive this group because five years ago I taught many of them as first and second graders in Sunday School. I still look back to that class as one of the most fun things I've done as a pastor. These young people, including three whose families are new to our church since that Sunday School class, have worked hard over the last twelve weeks. We began with a four hour prayer retreat. We have studied the basic beliefs of Christianity, learned about Jewish, Christian, and United Methodist history. We've talked about worship. We visited Temple Beth Shalom, the Pullman Islamic Center, and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. In addition, each youth worshiped at a church of their own choice. Along the way they've each had an adult mentor who has come to class and on some of the field trips with them. My personal thanks to those mentors. Teaching class has been easy because of them.
I have emphasized to the youth that joining the church is their choice. Their parents sent them to Sunday School and sometimes have MADE them come to church. Now they are old enough to choose for themselves. Today they are professing their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior – as the One whom they look to for healing and wholeness and hope in life, as the One who helps them to live as people of compassion and truth. They have also chosen to be part of this church – to support it with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service. Youth, today this sermon is for you.

Read more: The Glorious Inheritance - November 23, 2014

Rule Based or Grace Based Faith - November 16, 2014

Matthew 25:14-30

Looking at her brother, the little girl says, "People who break other people's dolls don't go to heaven." Later as their mother vacuums the house, she notices the brother in front of a large book. She says, "Why, you are reading the bible. How nice." "I'm looking up a rule," he says.
There was once a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his backpack with apples, his pet gecko, his favorite stuffed animal (a frog) and a six pack of apple juice. Then he started out.
When he had gone about three blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park, just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down and opened his pack. He was about to drink some apple juice when he noticed that she looked hungry. He offered her an apple which she gratefully accepted and smiled at him.
Her smile was so pretty that he wanted to see it again, so he offered her an apple juice. Once again she smiled at him.
They sat there all afternoon, eating and smiling at each other. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and got up and started home. Then he ran back and gave the old woman a hug. She gave him her biggest smile ever.
When he got home, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. When she asked him what he had done, he said, "I had lunch with God," then added, "She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen."
Meanwhile, the woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home with such a look of peace on her face that her son asked, "Mother, what did you do today that makes you so happy?"
She replied, "I ate apples in the park with God." Then she added, "You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Read more: Rule Based or Grace Based Faith - November 16, 2014

Hurry Up and Wait! - November 9, 2014

Matthew 25:1-13

Many years ago I was asked to officiate at a wedding which needed to be scheduled quickly so the bride's pregnancy would not be too obvious. We squeezed in premarital counseling and got the date on the calendar. At the rehearsal we waited and waited for the best man to show up, and finally went on without him. The next day he did not appear for the pictures before the wedding so they drafted someone else who could fit into his tux. As the wedding began and the groom and I were standing in the hallway waiting for our signal to go into the sanctuary, the best man came in. "Hey man," he said to the groom, "where's the tux?"

Read more: Hurry Up and Wait! - November 9, 2014

Life Based on the Promise - October 26, 2014

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

Good old Moses. Even people who have never studied the Bible have likely at least heard of him. He had led the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt, crossing through the Red Sea where God opened a pathway. For forty years he led the people as they wandered in the wilderness. They weren't an easy people to lead: they whined, they complained, they grew nostalgic for the bad old days in Egypt. Moses led them as God honed them into those who could enter the Promised Land. Always God had held that promise before them: someday God would provide for them a land flowing with milk and honey, in other words a land of fertility and abundance. When they were hungry and thirsty, Moses turned to God who provided water from the rock and manna from heaven to eat. When they made a golden calf to worship instead of God and God became angry, Moses reminded God of that promise. God relented of the punishment he had planned. Always there was the promise: their own land, their own home, a place which they could call their own.

Read more: Life Based on the Promise - October 26, 2014

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