Sermons

Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word. Our Guidelines for Preaching help us prepare sermons. This section collects for study and reflection drafts of sermons that happen to have been prepared in electronic form. The most recent sermon is on the top of the page.

“On the Silk Road” by John Morris

May 12, 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

A few years ago the New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast published a graphic memoir about her never-ending and unsuccessful attempts to get her aging parents to focus on end-of-life issues.  The title of the book is, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This morning, I’m afraid I’m going to ask you to focus for 15 minutes or so on death – but not so much as an “end-of-life” issue as a challenge for Christians, taking off from our readings this week.

“From Scarcity to Abundance” by Billy Amoss

May 5, 2019

The Third Sunday of Easter

Sometime in 2011 I came across an article in the Washington Post about a Palestinian American named Nasser Abufarha that set my life in a new direction. The article reported that one day in 2003 Nasser, as a doctoral candidate at the U of Wisconsin, was drinking a cup of coffee at Starbucks when he noticed the Fair Trade label on his cup. He thought to himself, “I should be able to go back to my village in the West Bank (Palestine) and organize the impoverished olive farmers, into cooperatives, offer them an above-market fair trade price for their olives, teach them organic farming practices, and sell their olive oil as fair trade and organic to outlets in Europe and the United States.”

“The Call Changes” by Roy Barber

April 28, 2019

The Second Sunday of Easter

Roy Barber summarizes how his sense of call has changed throughout his life:

The Call Changes.  What’s next.   I spoke about discovering CALL during turbulent times in race torn. Memphis in the late 60’s–crossing over and creating music with “forbidden” children in hidden places. In college I became a part of a touring reader’s theater group WORDMASTERS which performed moral/political work interpreting great literature- to help untangle Vietnam War, Sexuality, and civil right’s struggles for young people.  As a theater major I experienced the Word becoming Flesh in these performances.  I discussed the role of the director Edwina Snyder in helping me find “Call” by letting go of dysfunctional attachments and opening my hand to spiritual gifts that would pull me forward into the world of healing through Art. Seeker’s became a part of my forward movement- Sonya Dyer and Marjory Bankson gave me encouragement to pursue my growing edge which brought me to Bokamoso and Maryann Carpenter.  I found freedom in this call which drew on everything I loved, and helped me see that the gifts I brought to the table were not mine- but were blessings I received by saying “yes” to call.

“Finding Words for Resurrection” by Marjory Bankson

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

How many of you have had a spiritual experience? [most people raised their hands]

How many of you never told anyone about it? [a few raised their hands]

The story that we just heard – of women who discovered an empty tomb, remembered Jesus saying that he would “rise again” and then had their story disbelieved – is a story of finding words to describe resurrection, which is what we celebrate on this Easter Sunday.

“Palm Sunday” by Brenda Seat

April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

For Palm Sunday the Children’s Word invited both children and adults into a loud celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem with paper streamers, popcorn, confetti, and of course palms! Needless to say we made a mess in the main aisle of the sanctuary that became our “street” into Jerusalem. For the Word, a special guest speaker unexpectedly appeared. Martha of Martha’s Street Cleaning Services came to clean up the mess we had made on our “street.”

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