Rogation Sunday Sermonettes 2018

June 10, 2018

Readings and Prayers:

The Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1

Just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture–“I believed, and so I spoke”–we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Sermonette #1

Blessing the Youth Patio

Bless the space that the youth have named the Youth Patio – a place where they might voice who they are, what concerns they have, where their minds and bodies and spirits may take them beyond the community of St. Jude’s. Always reminded that their voices – as they form statements about who they are, what matters to them, and where their life beckons them – will always be heard at St. Jude’s, and that the Youth Patio is dedicated as sacred space so our youth can speak and share and sing and celebrate all that their young lives hold and promise. Now and always, in the name of the One in whom we abide. Amen.

Psalm 130

  1. 1  Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; * let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication.

  2. 2  If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss, * O Lord, who could stand?

  3. 3  For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared.

  4. 4  I wait for the Lord; my soul waits; * in his word is my hope.

  5. 5  My soul waits for the Lord, more than the watch for the morning, * more than the watch for the morning.

  6. 6  O Israel, wait for the Lord, * for with the Lord there is mercy;

  7. 7  With God there is plenteous redemption, * and God shall redeem Israel from all their sins.

Sermonette #2

Blessing the coming Classroom Courtyard and Heritage Pine Tree

Like a labyrinth, may the messy middle become a sacred center. A safe place for seniors, children, the community and for all who seek a place for healing. May we embrace the mystery. Follow the curves on the path that lead us to wholeness. It will be a place of energy and serenity again. In the name of the One in whom we abide. Amen.

May the new Heritage Tree that we will plant continue in the tradition of our beloved Coulter Pine, with roots that delve deep into the earth of our church campus, with a canopy of leaves that will gently shelter us, with a trunk that will grow deep and reach high – reminding us of our own personal journeys that are sheltered by God, nurtured by our faith.

With this new tree, may we continue to remember God’s plan for us – reminded of the branches that connect us to each other, and of the roots that ground us to our church history and to each other. May this new Heritage tree continue the message of our Coulter Pine: a growing, flourishing, sheltering symbol for all. Now and always, in the name of the One in whom we abide. Amen.

The Gospel: Mark 3:20-35

The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered. Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”–for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around; and they said, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Sermonette #3

Blessing of the Parking Lot space and Expanded SafePark

God cares for the lilies, the grass of the field. God cares for us. Bless this place of coming, of stopping for a time, of making our way. May we remember we are always bringing your presence; sharing your presence; always taking your presence with us. Bless us with this awareness, now and always. In the name of the One in whom we abide. Amen.

 

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.