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.
November 12, 1995
Once upon a time there was a man who lived alone in his apartment. When he got home from his day of work, the most frightening minutes of all were those spent unlocking the four locks on his door. The main lock was especially costly and had quite a special key. Once inside, he re-fastened the four locks, then pushed home the two bolts, and finally attached the chain. Safe inside, he made his supper and then watched television. Whether he watched news or movies, it was the same — war, murder, rape and robbery. He kept the lights low and the heavy curtains drawn. It was a dark apartment.
October 15, 1995
The story of Jesus healing the ten lepers is unique to Luke’s gospel. Critics disagree on its proper title, its literary category and historical origins. Its theological message is also a subject of debate. The story begins with a confusing geographical reference. It is the only place in the Bible where people who are not disciples call Jesus “master.” The text also uses a word for “foreigner” not found elsewhere in the New Testament. This is a complex passage. If we would allow this story to speak to us, we will allow its complexity to put us on the spot.
September 17, 1995
This sermon is many things, but that’s the root of it all. I love you. What can Seekers look like if we all start from such an affirmation?
September 10, 1995
For the last several weeks, I have been haunted by the juxtaposition of this week’s reading from the Hebrew Scriptures, and that for next week. It seems to me that they speak both to our condition here at Seekers, and to my own life. They speak of endings and of new beginnings, of hopelessness and of hope restored. They speak of the commitment of God to be always with God’s people.
One can hardly open the newspaper or listen to television news without being bombarded with questions about the status of families. And certainly each person’s own story can hardly be told without reference to family. Deborah — in a sermon two weeks ago — talked movingly of her father and the influence of his life on hers; David preached in June In Praise of Fatherhood. Marjory in July told us of someone who was not a family member by blood but who was a spiritual mother to her.