Sermon "Money is a Tool"

Text: Luke 16:19-31 Grace and peace be unto you from God who is our Creator and from Jesus Christ who is our Savior and our Friend. Amen. I’ve asked you this once before, but I wonder how you would describe yourself: rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle? And I don’t mean spiritually. I mean financially, in terms of money. I spent years in graduate school and lived on very little. I always had part-time jobs and I borrowed to get by. During those years I didn’t travel, going out for coffee was a splurge, and at receptions and dinners I always took home left-overs in a ziplock. Well, I still do that. I was the grateful recipient of many household hand me downs. Was I rich or was I poor? I ha

Finding Yourself

Text: Luke 15:1-10 Grace and peace be unto you from God who is our Creator and from Jesus Christ who is our Savior and our Friend. Amen. A beloved cat of my teen years got hurt and ran away for three days but then he came back. Other beloved cats in my life have disappeared and did not come back. About four years ago I moved a filing cabinet into the garage and left the key in the lock so I would be able to find it. A while ago I noticed that the key was gone. I looked in every place in my house where a missing key ought to be, and found nothing. Two weeks ago the key appeared. I’m really not sure how that happened. Years ago, in the bathroom of my college dorm, I found about $40 in brand ne

Sermon " God's Work - Our Hands"

Luke 15:25-33 The Holy Gospel according to Luke, the 15th chapter. 25 Now large crowds were traveling with [Jesus;] and he turned and said to them, 26“Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or

Sermon " No VIP Section"

Text: Luke 14:1, 7-14 Grace and peace be unto you from God who is our Creator and from Jesus Christ who is our Savior and our Friend. Amen. Cafeteria scenes are a staple in movies about teenaged life. Our heroine walks into the cafeteria alone, looking for a place to sit. She approaches a table full of popular kids only to be rebuffed. Determined to change her social status she transforms herself into a beauty queen and becomes even more popular than the girls who rejected her. It’s a terrible message about value, obviously. Alternatively, our nerd-hero sits alone in the cafeteria ignoring the popular kids who pick on him. A new kid arrives and our hero welcomes him or her to his table. Then

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