Summer Sermon Series: Communion–The Backstory

Exodus 12:21-28   Passover Roots: This summer we will spend five weeks together exploring the roots of our communion practices. Where did they originate? How has the Lord’s Supper been celebrated over the years? How is it celebrated today in various cultures around the world? And what difference does sharing this meal make in our lives today?
We begin this morning with our Passover roots. Continue reading “Summer Sermon Series: Communion–The Backstory”

Access Granted!

Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5       6.16.19

“Come on, you can do it!”  I was running as fast as I could.  My legs were burning and my heart was pumping fast.  It was raining and the course had gotten muddy.  My dad had come to cheer me on at my cross country meet in high school.  “Go, Deborah, Go!” he shouted as I rounded the turn.  Then he found his way to another part of the course and was standing there as I passed by, encouraging me on, holding his umbrella and cheering as loud as he could.  I remain grateful for his presence and his commitment to support me then and now.

“Come on, you can do it!”  Those are the best words of a father to the son or daughter trying something new or difficult, whether it is riding a two-wheeler or casting a fishing rod or changing the oil on the car or learning to play an instrument or jumping into a pool or baking a cake.  An important fatherly role is encouragement of his children.  Not everyone experiences encouraging words from their fathers, however. Continue reading “Access Granted!”