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.
August 12, 2018
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Having been graced these past two Sundays with sermons offered by Jean and Emmy Lu, as we celebrated respectively their 90th and 95th birthdays, I hope that you will indulge me this morning. While it is true that my birthday was last Friday, it was only my 74th, so by comparison with what we have heard these last two Sundays, I speak from my relative youth and inexperience.
Moving on from that reference to time and its passing, I would like to focus on a passage from the Gospel for this week that has something of a timeless quality. The author of the Fourth Gospel, who is usually referred to as “John”, has Jesus saying at Chapter 6, verse 44 “No one can come to me unless drawn by Abba God, who sent me—and those I will raise up on the last day.”
August 5, 2018
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
Emmy Lu Daly spoke about her life and call on the occasion of her 95th birthday. The sermon included poems, songs, and concluded with a duet with her son, Fritz, singing his favorite song, “Mighty Like a Rose.” The text of this sermon is not yet available.
July 29, 2018
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
We all come into the world with unique potentials. When one of these potentials seems to stand out, claim our attention and engage our emotions, we may be looking at a “call,” telling us that we can use that ripened potential in a positive way. We can find the vocation that is related to our deepest self, a path that will help that self to unfold.
July 22, 2018
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
When I reflected on the themes expressed in the scriptures for today I confess that I felt disgruntled and mystified, “What the heck am I going to preach about?” I entertained a conclusion that I’d chosen the wrong week. Have you ever felt that way? So I let it sit and simmer for a week and came back to them. I then applied the practice of lectio divina with the question: What words or phrases shimmer? Then I found that there within the first verses of Psalm 23, the phrase “still waters” and “restores sour souls” did indeed shimmer for me. Then I struggled with “Oh dear God, the 23rd Psalm is so tired, I can’t find a way to preach about that.” But sometimes the “tired” scriptures have a new or deeper meaning to be revealed to us. Is it actually “tired” or rather, “tried and true”?
July 15, 2018
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
New Story Leadership is an organization that brings together Israeli and Palestinian young adults to work, live, and share their stories with one another and with faith communities. Participants in this summer’s program spoke at Seekers this morning during the time of sharing the Word. Two speakers from among the ten participants, one Israeli and one Palestinian, shared their experiences of growing up in the midst of the long-standing conflict. Each is committed to an ongoing project in support of peaceful sharing of the land they all call home.