Words for the Week – February 14, 2019

Poet Mary Oliver wrote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one, wild and precious life?”[i] I love this quote, but it doesn’t exactly apply to God’s call of Biblical characters like Isaiah, Paul and Peter.   They didn’t plan on following God; instead God interrupted their plans and set them on a new pathway.

It’s not ultimately up to us alone to figure out what to do with our lives. That’s good news.  It takes some of the pressure off and helps us trust that God is involved, even when it doesn’t seem like it. I used the idea of being “discovered” by God as a different way to think of your calling. I quoted theologian James Alison:

“We find ourselves being discovered and known in just the same sense as a really firstrate impresario spots a talented future actor or singer long before the actor or singer knows that they are really talented, have what it takes. And it is in the impresario believing in them that they are able to be discovered.”[ii]

God believes in you.  Listen to the sermon here.

This week, we’ll hear the beatitudes. Jesus proclaims blessings on his followers even when their life of discipleship doesn’t have obvious rewards.  I’ll preach on the paradoxical joy of sacrifice.

This Sunday, we rejoice to baptize Juliana Helson at the early service and receive new members. 

See you in church (and hopefully at the Valentine’s dinner on Sat night!).

Be at Peace,

Pastor Sarah

[i] From the poem “A Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver. New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992
[ii] On Being Liked, James Alison, pg 136, Crossroads Publishing, 2004