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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor. 3:14)

 

Message From the Pastor
February 2019

After our celebrations of the Epiphany (1-6-19) and the Baptism of the Lord (1-13-19), and until Ash Wednesday (3-6-19), the church enters what is called “Ordinary Time.” “Ordinary” here does not mean unexceptional, vanilla or boring, but signifies a season in which the church year is measured out in ordinal numbers.  And so the Sundays in between are counted out as the Sundays “after Epiphany or Sundays in ordinary time.
But I like the idea of “ordinary” time in that other sense too.  For if at the Epiphany, God became manifest in Jesus Christ, perhaps humanity in its ordinariness also became manifest.  Maybe in the afterglow of the Epiphany, the not-God-ness of humanity comes into sharper relief.  Maybe to live after Epiphany in ordinary time is to receive the invitation to give up all our pretensions about ourselves and to embrace the good news that we are, well, simply human.
To recognize ourselves as not-God gives us freedom in a culture that is relentless in placing upon us the burden of self-improvement. To see ourselves lovingly as not-God is to see ourselves as we are intended, and to discover God at work in the world, as theologian Paul Lehmann put it, “to make and to keep human life human.”
I appreciate that the Latin words for humankind (humanus) and the basic creational stuff of the earth (humus) have the same etymological root.  From that root also comes our English word “humility,” which suggests that to be humble and, yes, even humbled, is to exhibit a certain groundedness.  Humility, neither thinking too highly or lowly of ourselves, but seeing ourselves as we really are, takes note of where our power ends and God’s power begins.
To live humbly is to be relieved of the burden of thinking ourselves the center of the universe.  To see God as our center is for us a revolution of consciousness and being.  In humility, we begin to break free of the gravitational pull of ego and become buoyant in our care of others. Humility, seeing ourselves as we are rather than as we would wish to be, gives us escape velocity from our orbits of self-concern and allows us to move more fully toward those whom God gives us to love. 
As we receive the gift of humility, we increasingly accept that whatever comes to us is somehow meant for us.   Humility fosters gratitude for the gifts we were never meant to secure on our own.
My prayers for our congregation this February are that we might see ourselves as we truly are, and not as we wish we were; that God may use us, ordinary folks, just as we are, to be his church in these extraordinary times; that as we accept our own humanity, we shall also come to more fully accept the humanity of Christ’s church, trusting that the imperfect witness of the church does not limit God’s grace; and that through the biblical practices of hospitality, forgiveness, friendship, service and generosity we may celebrate the sovereign power of God’s love, even if, as a power made known in weakness, it is a power not everywhere noticed, named or celebrated.

See you in church,
            Pastor Fred

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017

 
Sunday Bulletins - Date
 
Bulletin 12.31.17 Bulletin 1.7.18
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Bulletin 1.28.18 Bulletin 2.4.18
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Bulletin 2.25.18 Bulletin 3.4.18
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Good Friday Bulletin 3.30.18 Easter Sunday Bulletin 4.1.18
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Christmas Eve 12.24.18 Bulletin 12.30.18
Bulletin 1.6.19 Bulletin 1.13.19
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