Sermon given by the Rev. Kate Sefton
Sunday, November 14, 2021
In today’s Gospel story, we hear that
As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”
This was no lightweight prediction, nor was it particularly a wise thing to say…but we know Jesus didn’t bother much with socially adept or wise conversation. Threatening enough was the prediction of the temple falling, but then Jesus tells them that upheaval will continue “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”
This kind of thing is partly why Jesus was killed – because he insisted on saying things like everything is about to change! Not what people living comfortable and understandable lives want to hear.
Samuel Cruz, Associate Professor of Church and Society at Union Theological Seminary says about this passage:
We must keep in mind that when… Continue reading
2022 Stewardship Campaign
Bill Fritz :: October 31, 2021
What draws us to this place?
What makes us want to come back here?
or desire to see this place grow in some way?
I ask those questions every time I hand over my credit card! If Safeway fails to stock what I like or might like – they won’t see my credit card as much. But in truth, I actually enjoy the greater likelihood of running into someone I know – so I go to Imwalle’s for produce instead. At Imwalle’s, Charles actually makes an effort to laugh at my jokes — and he knows that he can safely try a few one-liners on me.
But the cash register clerks at Safeway are tired — they are just trying to get through the day and go home – not a whole lot of joy there. And don’t get me going about Costco — now there’s a painful chore if ever there was one!
Please rest assured, this isn’t a paid advertisement. It’s just an example of where the pursuit of a little… Continue reading