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Welcoming Children - June 15, 2014

Matthew 18:1-5; 19:13-15

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's here today. Happy Father's Day to men, who though they may not have children of their own, teach, mentor, coach and provide for children in many ways.
It is not often I get to say Happy Father's Day to you. Typically I am at the closing worship service of Annual Conference on Father's Day. This year the schedule has me there next Sunday instead.
This Father's Day is special because today two fathers will commit themselves, along with the mothers, to take responsibility for their daughter's spiritual nurture, as the C. and L/T families present Emma Nell and Hazel Grace for baptism. 
Stereotypically we think of fathers being responsible to provide for their children. We now know that fathers also play a critical role in guiding, teaching, and nurturing their children. Studies show that children whose fathers attend church are far more likely to attend church as adults – more so than if it is just the mothers who attend. Dad's your spiritual examples and nurture of your children are important.

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Pentecost? Indeed! - June 8, 2014

Acts 2:1-21
I Corinthians 12: 3b-13

Artist Richard Cammerer was asked to design a large stained glass window for a cathedral in a part of France known for its crystal. So he incorporated the local crystal into the windows themselves. Soon after they were installed, he received a call from the Archbishop who was irate. "Come here, NOW!" ordered the Archbishop. So Mr. Cammerer booked a flight and went to France. The Archbishop himself picked him up at the airport and without a word drove him to the cathedral. Mr. Cammerer could see nothing wrong with the windows. Indeed they sparkled and shone and inside color filled the sanctuary. The Archbishop stood behind the communion table. Finally he spoke, "It is Sunday morning. I am elevating the host for the sacrament when I smell something burning. Monsieur, it is me!"

Read more: Pentecost? Indeed! - June 8, 2014

Being Christians on Purpose - June 1, 2014

I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

When I was in first grade, our teacher taught a little group of girls a game which involved passing a ball back and forth. The first time we played it there were seven children so I assumed it could only be played with seven participants. At a later date as we played, Lisa asked to join in. Because we already had seven playing I told her no.
As it happened, Lisa was one of the very few African American students at Adams Elementary School in 1965. The playground supervisor assumed I turned Lisa down because of her race. What I had not figured out yet was that the game could be played with any number of children. I was too shy to protest and the supervisor didn't know to ask me, so I was sent to stand along the fence as punishment for my intolerance.
That is the only time I can remember being disciplined at school, though I'm sure I deserved it any number of other times. I was humiliated to stand along the fence with the other naughty children.
Discipline has a negative connotation. I think of standing along that fence, of getting spanked for picking Mom's flowers, or of being lectured for talking back to my parents. None of it brings a good feeling.

Read more: Being Christians on Purpose - June 1, 2014

Christ’s Witnesses in the Twenty-First Century - May 25, 2014

I Peter 3:13-22

In these Sundays of Eastertide we have been listening to I Peter who admonishes Christians in cities throughout the Roman Empire to be faithful witnesses to Christ. They lived in a world which not only did not share their faith but persecuted them. I have suggested to you that I Peter has wisdom for our day. Though we are unlikely to be persecuted for our faith, it is true that much of our world does not share our faith. The question before us is much the same as it was then: how can we be faithful witnesses to Christ?
I suspect many of us squirm a bit when we hear the word witness. It sounds like the folks who ring my door bell, wanting to tell me about their faith. Usually I'd rather concentrate on cleaning the garage or reading my book or doing whatever it was that I was doing than to get into a theological debate with them.

Read more: Christ’s Witnesses in the Twenty-First Century - May 25, 2014

Like Living Stones - May 18, 2014

I Peter 2:1-10

As many of you know, this church was built in 1902 of basalt mined on Paradise Ridge. The foundation is actually granite. I learned this spring that the horizontal stripe around the building is stucco covering brick which marks the transition from the granite to the basalt.
We have a few of the basalt stones in back of the church. I can't even budge them: they are heavy. It amazes me to think how builders worked with them all those years ago before modern technology or heavy equipment. I suppose they built scaffolding and had pulleys and various sorts of hoists. 112 years later the church stands strong, though we have had a few issues with the mortar and the brick stripe.
The Book of Genesis tells us that after he cheated his brother, Jacob left his family of origin. On his journey he spent the night at Bethel and used a stone for a pillow. My neck hurts just thinking about it. He dreamed of a ladder with angels ascending and descending. When he woke he said, "Surely the Lord is in this place." He took his stone pillow and turned it into an altar to consecrate the place.
The prophet Isaiah spoke to the people of Judah to warn them that if they did not change their ways they would be punished. Sure enough they were eventually sent into exile in Babylon. Before that happened, however, Isaiah told them that to be renewed they needed to be built on a stronger foundation: "See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation." Judah's problem had been that she had relied on a false understanding of God's command-ments which was like using a faulty cornerstone.

Read more: Like Living Stones - May 18, 2014

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