Words for the Week – October 18, 2018

What do you really want right now that seems impossible? A mended relationship?  Physical healing? A new job?  Renewed faith?  
I’ve been tempted to despair about the seeming impossibility of healing the planet.  In my sermon last week, I quoted from Paul Hawken, the editor of a book called “Drawdown: the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.” Hawken said:
“The only thing that’s really effective in life are unrealistic goals…
…they expand your sense of the possible and open things up.”
When a man came to Jesus asking for eternal life, Jesus gave him an unrealistic goal: sell all you have and give the money to the poor.  In other words, change your whole life.  It seemed impossible, but Jesus said, for God, all things are possible. 

Hope means starting on the path of the impossible, trusting that as we do, God’s grace will make a way. 
Listen to the sermon here.

In the gospel this week, disciples want to share in God’s glory.  Jesus tells them, “whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.”  It’s astounding that we have a God who finds glory through service and sacrifice.  God rewrites the rules on what it means to be glorified.

Be at Peace,
Pastor Sarah