As we enter a new phase that is still murky, let’s do what we are called to do: preach the gospel, make disciples, and pursue God’s justice. God is calling us forward, so let’s go. Let us enter this Strange New World.
While it was still dark meant that sin and evil are in power. God feels distant if not absent. Mary was feeling had to feel like God was distant. Where was God when Jesus was on the cross? Did God care? It’s hard to believe in God when it’s dark.
First Christian Church isn’t closing. We are moving, but we aren’t closing. But how can we live? What is the mission that God is giving us?
As a congregation, we sit at an interesting juncture. Some of us ask questions like where are we headed? Will we survive? Those are legitimate questions. I don’t know what we need to specifically do, but the answer right now is to love.
Why does Pentecost matter to us? Why do we celebrate it every year? Why does the Spirit coming like a wind matter?
As a nation, we strive to live up to better ideas and many times we do. But let’s not kid ourselves. We are not okay.
This is my sermon from yesterday. "Swimming in Gratitude" | Matthew 18:21-35| Pentecost 15 | Dennis Sanders, preaching https://youtu.be/XsHYYK8qQr4