Sermon from July 10, 2016

The Rev. Deacon Sherm Everett’s sermon from July 10:

 

This nation has allowed itself, in appearance, to become a conflicted society.

In our self-centered lives, we have become ambivalent to group action that has not been in the best interest of our society.

It appears that we have become “voiceless” using technology, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and other social media, to suppress our our ability to a communicative exchange in “real time”.

The opportunity for question, to critique reason has become passive, after the fact,

and therefore risks the inevitable passive comment,

“ … what was it that was said? …I can’t imagine …Oh well, maybe later!

I mean that there are obvious problems and difficult situations that the American public do not want to face up to, let alone talk about.

It just might be possible, that “later” has come.

As today’s bulletin graphic indicates, we are at the proverbial “fork in the road.”

Certainly the “plumb line” s not aligned to God’s desire for God’s  people.

The assumption that our current society can care for themselves “begs the question”

And forces another question: “Where is God in all this?”

The world’s major religions (Hinduism, New Age, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity) each are quite unique, each affirms that there is a personal, loving God who can be known, now in this life. And most certainly in our times of struggle.

We, as believers in Christianity, are required by our creed to acknowledge and live by three principles: to love god, to love ourselves and to love our neighbor.

Which means to be compassionate with God, ourselves, and our those in which we come in contact with.

So let us take a few minutes to reflect on where our compassion is this morning.

No need to worry about the time, I will keep track.

Get comfortable, as you can, and allow your thoughts to come to a level of compassion

with your self, ourselves, and the condition of our society,

 

[ 5 min] [Closing  prayer from St Francis, BCP pg 833]