I spent last weekend in the parish of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, N.C. Father Robert Black organized a wonderful weekend in which we discussed issues of the church and community and racism. Then I preached on the assigned gospel for Sunday. You can listen to the sermon at St Luke’s HERE or through my podcast in your favorite media player.
I got to preach at the lively, beautiful Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, served by my longtime friend Dr. Wesley Avram. I preached for the church’s anniversary and the sermon is posted here.
Without question, worship is countercultural. The very fact that God continues to gather together a group of people for purpose of worship, for acts of praise and confession and forgiveness and thanksgiving, is peculiar and peculiarly this God.
“Vocation is not evoked by your bundle of need and desire. Vocation is what God wants from you whereby your life is transformed into a consequence of God’s redemption of the world. Look no further than Jesus’s disciples – remarkably mediocre, untalented, lackluster yokels – to see that innate talent or inner yearning has less to do with vocation than God’s thing for redeeming lives by assigning us something to do for God.”
I preached a sermon among the congregation at St David’s Episcopal Church of Denton, TX this past Sunday, and I’d like to share it with you. God continues to show up to us, search for us, especially at the “wrong” time for us – may God continue to show up to us and surprise us with life anew!