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.
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.
July 30, 1995
Most of my life I have paid little attention to my breathing. The notion that minding my breath might put me in touch with the Holy Spirit surprises me. On the one hand, it seems too simple to be true. On the other, I have not received much useful advice on how to work with breath. It is curious then that in the past several weeks, three very specific and interesting suggestions on breathing caught my attention.