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Interrupting Your Regularly Scheduled Service

Interrupting Your Regularly Scheduled Service

Essay, spiritual practice
I feel the need to interrupt the regularly scheduled service of daily practices to share my sermon from Sunday. I am convinced that we are at such a time that my tribe, white Euro American, cisgender, educated, and wealthy need to get out of the way of the progress of others. Especially with regard to the treatment of African Americans in our society. It is not okay. It just isn't. We need to address our privilege and dismantle systems of oppression to the best of our ability now. People's lives are at stake. A sermon on Mark 4:35-41 ... Notes: Prayers of the People were "The Doors of the Church Are Still Open": A Litany for Use in Worship Service on Sunday June 21,2015 developed by the AME Council of Bishops to remember the massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME in Charleston, SC. We named al

Sermon on Revelation 21/22 – An Excerpt

Spirituality
This will soon be delivered to Orting UMC! On Revelation 21:10, 22 - 22:5But it really isn't an artistic depiction of heaven that we are being called to, is it? It is the New Jerusalem that will descend from heaven, where God will dwell and where we will see God face-to-face.Hmm, maybe this isn't an artistic depiction of heaven, but a depiction of the state of our daily relationship with God and with the world. What if we said something like this, "Our love of God and of neighbor will descend from heaven and live in our hearts, minds, and bodies. And it is there that we will see God face-to-face in every encounter we have with our neighbors."That is the New Jerusalem—compassion begetting compassion. And that is achievable. It is within the grasp of each one of us here. However, this script
Finding God at Mt. St. Helen: A Sermon

Finding God at Mt. St. Helen: A Sermon

Spirituality
Preached today, 4/21/2013, at Rainier Beach UMC by Terri Stewart Scripture: Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 Today I'm going to speak about creation. Tomorrow is International Earth Day and we wanted to take a moment and remember God's creation, our role in creation, and a quick PSA to remember to recycle when you are here at the church! I remember several years ago when I was in college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I went to my very first Earth Day event on campus. There was sun, crowds of young adults, and bands. All I could think of was the immense amount of litter that was being created. That seemed a bit ludicrous! Earth Day began in 1970 and was primarily a response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. It was created by US Senator Nelson as a national "teach...