February 19th Worship: Services at 9 AM & 11 AM | Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 “Reckless Generosity” | The Rev. Jenn DiFrancesco
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Sermons on Matthew

Jesus at Supper at Emmaus

The Ripple Effect

The fact is that people want more than just to see the Christ, but also to somehow reflect in their own lives the truth and goodness of the Messiah. (Don’t you think?)

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Making Amends

There is an old Cherokee story about a grandfather who is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil –filled with anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, false pride, superiority, ego. The other wolf is good – full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith. The same fight is going on- inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thinks about this for a minute and then asks his grandfather, “Well, which wolf will win?”

The old Chief simply replies, “The one you feed.”

Flowers in sidewalk crack

The Humility of Jeb

As part of this years’ Summer Sermon series, I’ve been doing a little background work. This past week I’ve spent some time in conversation with two different addiction counselors; one a private clinical counselor, the other who now heads a pretty good sized recovery center in the county.

With both of them, we talked about 12-Step Programs, their strengths and weaknesses, and what about them that makes them work.

They both agreed, independently, that they don’t know what it is that ‘clicks’ with people, how it is that recovery truly begins. They acknowledged the reality of relapse; but also again, independently, used the same three words that are part of Step 7, and that all nearly universally come into play when recovery takes place and holds fast. These three words are the focus of our message for today… HUMBLY. ASK. GOD.

A Good Lamp

They say that history repeats itself. They also say those those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it.

Whoever ‘they’ are must have known the Gospel writer, Matthew, because it seems to me that Matthew learned from Jesus the proper way to follow a well-lit pathway forward, beyond those obstacles that pull us down and hinder us from being the people God wants us to be, as individuals and as part of Christ’s body as the church. It was Jesus that gave Matthew the lamp to use, the insight he had to see himself and his mission clearly and to illumine his way, and we would do well to use that same source of light in our lives.

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Sweet Surrender

Let us share a moment of silence- for the souls of those murdered in Charleston… The Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor Cynthia Hurd Susie Jackson Ethel Lance The Rev. Clementa Pinckney Tywanza Sanders The Rev. Dr. Daniel Simmons Sr. The Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Myra Thompson … Amen. Our New Testament Lesson: Matthew 7:7-11  “Ask, and it will…