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.
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.
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.”
April 28, 2019
The Second Sunday of Easter
Roy Barber summarizes how his sense of call has changed throughout his life:
April 21, 2019
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.
April 14, 2019
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.”