Words for the Week – September 27, 2018

Dear church,
Last Sunday I preached on Jesus’ invitation to care for the children. “How are the children?” is a traditional greeting from the Maasi of East Africa.  The response is “All of the children are fine.”  
That “all” is important.
When Jesus instructs the disciples how to be great, he said to become a “servant of all.”   Then Jesus took a child in his arms who was probably not related the disciples and told them to welcome a “child such as this.”
The world subtly and not-so-subtly encourages people to focus on their own success even if it comes at the expense of others. How wonderful that God’s kingdom is built on even the least and last finding welcome in God’s embrace.
I encouraged people to do two things in response to this gospel: 1) Be intentional about doing a loving act for a child who is not related to you this week. 2) Remember someone besides your parents who played a positive role in your childhood and thank them (if they’re still alive) or pray a prayer of thanksgiving for them (if they have already died).
Listen to the sermon here.
This Sunday, I’m thrilled to welcome Chris Schaefer as our preacher. He’ll preach on the walls that divide and cause us to stumble & the redeeming power of vulnerability.
Chris is a recent grad of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary) and previously served as vicar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in DC and Youth & Family Minister at Prince of Peace in Gaithersburg, MD. Before entering seminary, Chris graduated with a degree in Religious Studies from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, served in Americorps in northern CA, taught Pre-K for 10 years, and became certified in Youth & Family Ministry. Chris currently lives in Baltimore, MD with his husband, Andy, and a very vocal, needy cat. He enjoys pretending to be really outdoorsy, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Be at Peace,
Pastor Sarah