Green Street UMC is taking a deep dive into their Affirmation of Faith this summer. I went way off lectionary to talk about judgment, hoping, and that time Jesus stole a kid's lunch and fed 5,000 with it.
This sermon was a little trickier to write than usual. Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go with Wake Div to The Proctor Institute which was transformational. (More on that in a later post but also in this sermon, and probably every sermon for a while!) The other thing that was tricky was that this was the first Sunday after my friend/sister/mentor/pastor had moved on from her call at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in High Point to accept a new call at LTSS. This is all wonderful news, but for a new preacher and a seminarian it felt like a piece of difficult writing.
My Friends Who Feel Like They Don't Matter,
The world is heavy and you are small. But also this: we are still here. Whatever thing made you able to get up today will hopefully be with you tomorrow. The small triumphs of our lives are real and we should and can expect them to keep happening.
We are miracles. We are God's own creation! We cannot and don't need to know the mysteries of the world of God. But try to think about this: God' Grace is for you. Daily. Even right now. Right. Now.
You are beloved and given Grace to BE again tomorrow.
And when you think, no one loves me. (or - my only friend is this dog or this cat or this imaginary person) try to remember a little of this: I probably love you. Someone loves you who you don't even know that well and not in a weird way. And God loves you, and grants you Grace and Forgiveness everyday - and you are here for that. You showed up today. Nicely done.