Words for the Week – April 26, 2018

This week, we celebrate music appreciation Sunday with guest musicians from the Brass of Peace.  Music is a pathway to intimacy with God.  It reveals God to us and we use it in return to praise God.  To God be the glory! I’m thrilled that we will use our new piano, part of our capital campaign, for the first time in worship.

My sermon will focus on this question Jesus asks the disciples on the road to Emmaus:
“Was it not necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?”

That’s a great question.  Was it necessary for the Messiah to suffer?  Could Jesus have saved us a different way? And related, as disciples of Jesus, is it necessary for us to suffer too?

I’d never say that God sends suffering.  God is too good for that.  But suffering is part of human existence.  In a world in which people suffer, what a marvel that God enters in.  Jesus suffered when he confronted evil but that didn’t stop him.  Jesus suffered as a by-product of love.

In my sermon I will address how, because we worship a God who suffered, we can have radical hope, empathy, and courage to love.

See you in church,

Pastor Sarah­­­­