Where does your identity lie?
Today we celebrate Heritage Sunday. It is a day to think about who we are and whose we are as Christians and as Presbyterians. We are part of a long faith tradition. Our worship service today includes scripture and segments from the various confessions that we hold to as a church. As part of Heritage Sunday, I would like to lift up the Barmen Declaration, one of our confessions, and speak to a bit about it’s time because the writers of the Barmen Declaration drew upon Galatians and other works of Paul.
Gospel Reading: Luke 18:9-14
New Testament Reading: Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21
Mother’s Day, as you may know, was founded after lengthy efforts by Anna Jarvis to recognize her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. Anne Reeves Jarvis was an advocate for mothers. She founded “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” which were an early form of parenting classes. These clubs evolved into a resource for Civil War soldiers and their families. And after the war, Jarvis created a “Mothers’ Friendship Day” (1868) which was an effort to unify the North and the South through mothers.
Today You Will Be With Me
I Am Thirsty
It Is Finished
We interpret many things differently depending on who we are and how we perceive the world. For example, the yellow light on a traffic light. Some of us, the wisest of us, interpret the yellow light as “caution, slow down”. Others see the yellow light and press down on the gas, interpreting the light as “speed up”, sure that they can make it to the other side of the intersection, even if the light is “orange”.
We’ve skipped over a couple of chapters from where we read last week. Jesus continues on the way to Jerusalem. And as he travels, he is intent on trying to teach the disciples everything that they need to know, everything that he has shared with them but they still have not understood - - he is trying to pack it all in. His teachings continue to a crowd in our reading this morning where the passage begins with two current events - - headlines of sorts.
My oldest cousin Bill drives a semi.
When he finished high school he went into the Coast Guard for four years, and after that all I remember is him driving a truck. A pick-up truck when he wasn’t working and a semi when he was.
Scriptures: Luke 23:1-5 and Daniel 6:6-27
Janos Pasztor was a pastor of the Reformed Church in Hungary during World War II. He was maybe 5’6” and 130 pounds soaking wet, a fairly small man with bushy brown eyebrows and thick glasses that magnified his brown eyes. He visited the United States some twenty years ago to share his life and history and preaching. His wife said he would never go on vacation, but if asked to preach, he would go anywhere.
The Kingdom of God Among You
Sermon Preached at the November 12, 2016 Meeting
of The Presbytery of the Miami Valley
and The Bellbrook Presbyterian Church, November 13, 2016
Rev. Diane Ziegler
Sermon for Sunday, October 22, 2016
Rev. Diane Ziegler, The Bellbrook Presbyterian Church
Scriptures: Luke 1:30-33; 2 Samuel 7:1-17