[CHPC] Trinity Sunday [2008-05-18]
"And remember: I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20b)( Read more...Collapse )
SCRIPTURE READING Matthew 26:16-20
SERMON "Breathing As Pentecost People"
Gusti opened by talking about saying goodbye to loved ones -- something that's very salient for this congregation as it's graduation time plus one of the long-time members died recently. She talked about how here the disciples are saying goodbye for a second time and how hard that must be.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me." She said she hears these as words of comfort -- that Jesus is saying he has everything under control. But then you would expect them to be followed by a word of assurance or a word of sorrow, and instead he puts them to work (gives them the Great Commission). "This is not what I learned in pastoral care."
But then after that, they get, "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." She said, "There is never 'goodbye.' There is only 'God be with you' " (I of course recognize that "goodbye" is an abbreviation of that very statement).
I appreciated this sermon a lot -- the reminder that in our sorrow there is still work to be done, but that God is with us in all these things.( We now return you to your regularly scheduled scrolling.Collapse )
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF CHRIST
Liz said something about being hesitant about bringing politics to church or something, but she wanted to pray for the Democratic Party. I said, "We could pray for both parties." She was good with that. She talked about hoping that there wouldn't be divisiveness ... and basically saying she hoped the Democrats would win in November but trying to be circumspect in saying that. I said, "We can pray for a positive outcome in June [I had meant the Democratic National Convention, which I realized lated is in August, but since the primaries end in June I feel it still stands]
and in November." Later in the conversation, I added, "And we can pray for substantive debate that doesn't descend into personal attacks."
I loved that she was so open to my contributions -- that she wanted
help in making it an inclusive and encompassing prayer. She (and Gusti) actually thanked me after the service.( Yes I keep purposely leaving outside a cut the portions of the service that were important to me.Collapse )