On this last day of 2017, which is also my next-to-last Sunday here with you, I want to say thank you for these fifteen months of ministry together. It’s been a true joy for me and it feels like it’s been a real good match. One of my youth minister colleagues said she felt like I had found my “sweet spot” here at Redeemer. So thank you.
Also, I want to invite you to consider what you have heard me preach during these last fifteen months. Although I have preached several different sermons, I’m wondering if you noticed a common theme or thread; or perhaps a particular message that you found especially pertinent to you or to this community. And if so, what is it?
Today, in the place of a sermon I would like to briefly summarize several of my sermons I have preached here by offering them as short prayers.
May we all be saints (subversive agents inspiring nonviolent transformation), subverting structures of oppression.
May we experience Christ through our five senses by listening to the wind, quenching our deepest thirst, seeing God in the mud and earth, aromatizing our prayers, and touching the Risen Christ within this community, the church, which is the Body of Christ.
May we practice and cultivate the Beatitudes, the attitudes that help us be, attitudes that help us be fully present to the here and now, to the beauty and wonder of each moment and to our belovedness in God’s eyes so that we are free to be our true selves and become like those saints and poets, who realize life while living it, every minute.
May we continue to make room for others in the mansions of our hearts by opening ourselves up to wisdom from outside faith traditions as we did during this last Advent season, and as we prepared our hearts for the coming of the Christ child as well as for the next coming of Christ, who will come to this community in new, surprising and unexpected ways.
Once again, may we be open to the God of surprises. Amen.