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.
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.
July 16, 1995
Perhaps the most radical instruction in this story is for the disciples to eat whatever is put before them. There is more at stake here than good manners and good nutrition. In keeping with other assaults by Jesus on the purity codes of Judaism, Jesus is telling his disciples not to worry about keeping the rules.
March 19, 1995
When I signed up to preach this Sunday, I was deep into creating the Lenten Cloth for the chapel at Wesley Theological Seminary, which several of you have now seen. It was still Epiphany, but because of my concentration and meditation on this artwork, I felt like I was already in Lent. My mood was dark; I was alternately tearful and angry; I was feeling lonely, forgotten, invisible. I wanted to preach, then, about… what? Something… Yes, it was very important… But as this third Sunday in Lent came ever closer, the issue that had preoccupied me began to evaporate, and what was so desperately important then, had become so unimportant that I had even forgotten what it was.
February 26, 1995
The two most important recent influences on my spiritual development have been Quakerism (I was a member of a Friends meeting until about a year ago) and the analytical psychology of Carl Jung and those that have followed him. In asking Celebration Circle for the opportunity to speak out of the silence, I stand firmly in both of these traditions.