Salt doesn’t taste very good on its own. It’s only really any good when it’s added to something else. So, when Jesus tells the crowd they are the salt of the earth, he wants them to flavor and preserve the world instead of keeping to themselves.
It’s time for us, the church, to heed Jesus’ words and enhance the flavors of the world.
Isaiah 58: 1-12
Christmas is over and things have begun to return to normal. It’s easy to find ourselves in a fog of forgetfulness, consumed by the return to normal routines and busyness.
Just as it seems Mary and Joseph forgot who Jesus was in the midst of 12 years of normal. That is, until he gets left behind in Jerusalem and they begin to panic, searching for him everywhere except where he is.
In this sermon, Pastor Kate explores our forgetfulness in the midst of “normal” and Jesus’ response.
Luke 2: 41-52
John the baptist assured the people who came to him in the wilderness seeking God, that God was coming to be with them in the midst of their wilderness. He urged them to prepare for God’s coming. “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near.” Repentance doesn’t just mean remorse: repentance, metanoia, means turning to follow a new way. John urges us to be prepared to see new life coming out of places that seem hopeless, to see God with us there; to turn, and to follow.
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When it feels like the world is unraveling, Jesus hears our fear and uncertainty, and urges: do not be overwhelmed by the darkness, but witness to the light that shines in the darkness. Open your eyes to the suffering, fear, and pain around you, even if it is not your own, and do not turn away. Open your eyes to see God’s will for the world, see that the way things are is not the way things are meant to be, but see also God’s power for healing, still at work in our world.
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“I understand [the trinity] most clearly when I remember the time before it all became official, when it was just people telling about their experiences of God in the best way they knew how… When we affirm god as three in one, we declare that we see god in all of these ways, and we also declare that god is not contained in just one of them. God is all of these things and much more. God is beyond what we can speak, beyond what we can calculate in a math equation.”
Romans 5:1 – 5
John 16:12 – 15
Message recorded on Sunday May 22, 2016