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Recent sermons are below....

 

November 26, 2017, Christ the King Sunday  

Preaching Matthewe 25:31-46

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family you did it to me.’ 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ 45Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

Jesus our King says, “just as you did not do it to the least of these, you did not do it to me….

But,

When we say Jesus is King

What do we, here, in 21st century citizens of a democracy mean?

Royalty of kings and queens and princes and pomp and circumstance are to us here are only a bit of distraction from the reality of life…

Is that what we mean ?  Do we label Christ the King like we might label Elizabeth the Queen?

Someone respected, politely nodded to, someone who takes our mind off the worries of the day…but someone who give over who we are to…

Does our saying Christ The King

mean Jesus Christ is, in our lives,  pre-eminent, predominate?

Above, and over all…?

the one to whom we give-up all authority?

Who matters more than all else and all others?

Is the one to whom we ascribe magnificence that towers over all of life?

It is easy to put that label on and say, Christ the King,

But

How do we then let ourselves be changed to subjects standing beneath the King, giving over to the King all our awe and obedience?

 

Which brings me, of all places,  to trees.

You know, trees: birch, spruce, pine,tamarack …

And of all places, to seeds and seedlings…

And to vacation Bible school last August.

 

One of the projects that our VBS group did was plant seedlings around Trinity.  We knew that our construction was meaning many existing trees were being lost…but we’d gotten several handfuls of seedlings—and we knew the little hands could help us plant, and then might be around to see what we labeled seedlings

grow into the towering magnificence of trees  that shade and cool and give refuge…and  provide beauty that ease the eye and provide the means to build new with strong timbers…

The kids got into it, of course, finding good spots for planting, using tools and hands to dig…looking at the seedlings and realizing they were tiny versions of the trees that they were planting in the midst of.

So little hands turned over dirt, and placed in roots; and small feet tamped earth to help secure growth…and then see small hands worked with big hands to secure netting and protection for the seedlings with their labels…

And then those little faces turned upward and looked up the length of the trunk of the trees around them…up and up and up…  and one voice I heard said, “that tall? Way up there?  That is what it’ll be?  WOW….way way way above us?”

 

I wish I had a seedling now.

Maybe it would help

We label both a seedling and a mature tree “tree” ---

One is small, looking insignificant, is held in our hand…one draws our eyes up, makes us want to try and determine height, to stretch our arms around to guage measure…only to find that trees like redwood or douglas fir or even our own spruce or maple can be far beyond our measuring.

Christ is King.

A label we use for it can help us try to say that God is above our measuring. But we get stuck in our human thinking/relating/comparing.

Maybe, in our relationship with God, with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit…we sometimes view it like a seedling in our hand…something small, delicate, with potential to grow, something we can look at, or can look away from, something we can look forward to, but not something that changes our specific day or our specific moment…

But

Christ is King…KING

in our lives

we are to look up and let our eyes not stop seeing that above us towers Christ 

and to look down and see that what roots us is Christ…

and we come to know, the ground we are to stand upon is Christ..

and in awe and wonder---realize a little more fully

we are that before the one whose directions to us, admittedly, we often pretend not to know……

we are to kneel with our lives …

The Gospel today reminds us

Christ sits not on a gilded throne of man-made construction,

but on a throne of his glory.

And that Jesus isn’t

King for the sake of popularity

But for the sake of the world which God has created, and for God’s love

To be known.

 

 

For in Christ, who God is

Becomes so prevalent,

and that only the glorious love of God making all things shine forth with love will do.

God, who we sometimes keep at seedling size or pencil thin strength,

Is to be for us pre-eminent with

Magnificence more than we can face,

And the joy is this: we already now live within the Rule of our King

And can dare

To be living so that the Rule of God is

prevalent and preeiminate in our lives and changes us

so that our very lives repeat…

this is what our King says:

I will seek the lost. I will bring back the strayed,

I will bind up the injured. I will strengthen the weak

I will save my flock.

God says…

All nations…

Not only those who think like we do, not only those we like,     

Not only people who give us place and power in life that we are accustomed to,

But all people will be gathered before God, by God. 

And all will have one shepherd, Christ the King.

But just in case we think that means we can be who we want to be

Live as we want to live

Act as we want to act

Let our tongues say what we want

Let our hearts have pity for some and not for others,

God says,

I will judge.  I, God says, not you, will judge.

Between those who have ravaged, and those who have tended.

Between those who have allowed there to be ravaging, and those who have stepped in.

Between those who nod to those usually acknowledged as worthy, and those who INVITE those most often left out.

And you know what?

From  the outside or from labels,

We can’t know who is ravaged, who needs tending, needs someone to step into their life, needs invitation, needs being acknowledged as a child of God.

We can’t tell from the outside of someone what imprisons them, or what need of healing they have…

But we can tell

That Jesus says,

As you would do for me, Christ your King…

Do for others.

Be God’s love, shining forth.

Do to others this: do God’s shining love.

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Into our lives

Christ has come.

What does that look like?

We can see it as a sweet little decoration to life,

Like a seedling

Or we can imagine it to be what it is, and let the Reign of Christ rule our lives and us:

Overarching all

Overreaching all

And then with eyes of our hearts enlightened

We can turn and see in our self what we see in others…

People in need, loved in whatever label we bear so that labels lose their meaning, and we all share the love given by the one to whom every knee shall bend.   Amen.

 

 


 
       April 2, 2017 "Jesus is the onewho brings life"  (Pastor Kris Garey)

Jesus is the one who brings life.

Jesus is the one, who brings life.

Join me, so we remind ourselves:

“Jesus is the one

who brings life.”

 

Could words like those have words of Lazarus

When from the tomb he came back into life

All his being -- Body, mind, and soul—again alive

Made vital again, released from death that had meant end.

And Lazarus

When to word of Jesus responding…

Did he with unbound eyes look up and say

Jesus is the one who brings life…

 

His sisters had out of the depths of great despair cried out…

…despair had pitched their voices high

Sorrows darkened day, crumbled hope

As brother Lazarus on stone of death was laid

And tomb with stone was walled away

Bones had begun to dry, sinews and flesh to erode away.

And out of their depths Martha and Mary cried out…

 

Then word was heard of Jesus walking their way…

Martha and Mary, they can’t be blamed for saying, that day

“you could have kept life, for Lazarus…could have kept him here, with us, you who were among his friends, You could have …”

Martha and Mary found voices again that day that turned from words to weeping

Not knowing that

ahead along their road they would find themselves finding this:

“Jesus is the one who brings life”

Jesus

the one who brings life in the very midst of this life…

Wept with them…was disturbed for them, was with them in sorrow…

He, who is the one who brings life…wept.

 

Jesus had come to be with them, in the midst of danger to himself and his disciples, had come witness to the presence of God, there, in tomb now closed up by stone, bones and ligaments and flesh were in the midst of decay…

And Jesus stepping across the divide that kept Lazarus from life

brought him from death

called to him …

And then commanded, “unbind him, let him go,”

do you suppose

Lazarus then spoke words like these:

Jesus is the one who brings life!

 

Come out our Lord had said

And Lazarus to life returned …

 

Do you suppose

Each of us here

Has met a time or will

When from deepest depths we cry out as if forsaken,

when death to future or present or good

Causes a dying to our will and bones and energy and future

So that sinews fail to hold us strong and words of hope die upon the tongue?

 

A pastor I met last summer at a wedding told me this:

30 years or so earlier he had married a young couple, and got to know them well as they were in his church…A decade went by…then came the day he sat in their kitchen the day they had heard that one of their children was gone, and they knew not how…taken? Lost? Fallen? Died?

More decades went by…and he was with them again, there in that kitchen, for an answer had come…and their newest tears were from knowing their child was not to return to them in life…

The pastor said, the wife and husband had found words, early on in their years of sorrow filled road, to say something like this, and they were words they repeated as decades wet by:

  1. wept, you know. And weeps now we know, with us. His tears help our tears flow, his tears help us have strength to be parents for our other children, spouse for one another.
  2. wept, you know. And no matter the dark, he brings life even if it is so far removed from what we had thought we’d ever survive…

So we have air, to breathe, and breaths that we can mostly breathe.

And we have tears that flow with the tears of our Lord.

And so somehow, in the midst of all that is deepest depth, the devil has not stolen from us one another, nor taken our Lord from us. ”

Ahhh….it was never made easier for them, the pastor said, but it was possible to cling to life.

 

At the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus spoke into all time

unbind them

let them go

and we, from deaths unclear

or plain as day that loom in our lives

are released …

and bones that wouldn’t hold us up, come together bone to bone, and the bones that had seemed to brittle to hold, creak, but let us rise…with sinews, flesh, skin and breath

The Lord has spoken. The Lord has wept and weeps…and

Jesus is the one who brings life --

Now in this life, in this moment, no matter what it is that has brought death or a kind of death to you or any of us…Jesus is the one who brings life.

in the midst of all, to all…

Life can be weary land, weighed down with stones of sin and death and sorrow

…but Jesus, the one who brings life, is our rock as we walk the weary land that life can be, and is the one who defeats the power of devil, the power of sin, the power of death of any kind, and says to us, you are unbound…

Jesus is the one who brings life.
Thanks be to God.  
Amen. 
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Preaching Sunday, March 26, 2017   (Pastor Kris Garey)

Today, the sermon comes before the Gospel reading, that when we hear the Gospel, we may each ponder it…seeking to see…

For while it is a couple of thousand years after the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and while we who know the Gospel stories know each one leads and points us to Jesus….

sometimes it is easy to skip listening, to not see in our minds eye the story within the words ….

Today you are invited: hear afresh, listen anew, see unfolding the very presence of Christ in the life of a man and a community…and you…

hear of Jesus finding a man born blind, of Jesus giving the man new wholeness…and of people continually doubting “who, how, where,  when, why….”

This morning, listen, hear, see…

as Jesus catches sight of a man born blind…

And the disciples, walking with Jesus, ask, as we so often do,

Not “how can we help?” but rather, “who is to blame, he or his family?”

Hear, today, that a man who cannot lets Jesus, a stranger, touch his troubled eyes….

Then follows the command he hears—go and wash…

And return to where he’d started from, except, can see!

But others remain blind to this good news…

For they had known the man and categorized him as blind for right reason, some unknown sin, and now they cannot recognize him without his loss of vision….because to their way of seeing, this healing SHOULD NOT have happened, so they determine it COULD NOT have happened.

So we h ear, most voices in the story refuses and refuse to accept that healing had happened, refuse the word of the man, of his family, …refuse to accept that Jesus was from God, and that it was he who ended the blindness of the man…

Repeatedly, those voices ask, “who was the man who touched your eyes, what did he do? What do you say about him? Where is he, this man who must be a sinner too?.”

The man who now can see answers what little he can, but does not satisfy, for those other voices want Jesus to have been charlatan and sinner…When they can not get the answer they want,

Those other voices drive out the man who had been blind..

Only for Jesus to again

seek and find him

          And assure he who had not been able to see

            That he is in the very presence of God, there with him…

            And the man who sees now says, “Lord I believe” and worships.  

 

It is a mystery, divine.

Jesus present, bestowing gift of healing and release and faith  

Giving new wholeness …   

 

Can you take a little more mystery?

Ask, “where are we, in this story?” ..ask, “Where am I?”

Maybe we too at times suspect another as “not worthy” of the benefits of healing and faith, among those who question God’s bestowal of new life?   Maybe we too doubt it when it occurs…

And maybe we are ones who also need new ways to see, to believe, to worship, to follow, now and in the future…

Dare we ask, “Where do I stand, in this gospel story?  And where do I long to be?”

Today

We gather in worship.

Within the very presence of Jesus.

Who gives us the gift of bestowing on us

His living presence in the Eucharist, the meal and drink of Holy Communion…

For you and us to see

Christ, present

Just as he was to the man born blind

Giving

in some divine mystery way, the actual presence of Christ, for us to touch and feel and take in, in bread and wine.

In our gatherings together.

in these Lenten days, we are on our way

to Holy Week, when in worship on Maundy Thursday we will languish as we recall Jesus at supper with his disciples, the night before the cross, saying of bread and wine, this is my body, this is my blood, do this ….

We are on our way to Good Friday

To encounter Jesus on the cross

When at great cost of innocent suffering and death Jesus saved and redeemed, rather than leaving us lost and condemned…

Today, this 4th Sunday in Lent we journey to Holy Week, with two more Sundays before we arrive…

And through our journey, the holy Spirit proclaims to us what we proclaim to all the world:  Jesus who was slain, has slain sin and death and the power of the devil…and gives new life.

But first 

Today

In the Gospel of John

We hear  

of Jesus

who seeks and finds

those who need eyes

with which to see The Lord,

faith with which to worship

the one who seeks us.

Amen.  

1As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”


 

Oh boy, folks trying to follow Jesus,

Now what do we do?


Sermon for January 29, 2017, Pastor Kris Garey -- the Sunday readings are

Micah 6:1-8

The offering of justice, kindness, humility

Psalm 15

Lord, who may abide upon your holy hill? (Ps. 15:1)

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Christ crucified, the wisdom and power of God

Matthew 5:1-12

The teaching of Christ: Beatitudes

 

Oh boy, folks trying to follow Jesus,
Now what do we do?
The world will think we are crazy if let ourselves really hear what we hear
of the commands we hear from God in all these words from the Bible…
The world will think we are crazy…foolish at best….or just plain nuts
Sort of like if all of a sudden, when it is almost February, we started standing out in the middle of Highway 61
And singing a Christmas song--perhaps…
(sing softly…) Do you hear what I hear? * readers, see note below if you aren't familiar with this Christmas song...*
Do you hear what I hear, Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king…
but
The world would tell us
It’s almost February
Get over it, move on…we don’t sing Christmas songs anymore!
Save it for when the time is right
But we could respond to the world…
Do you hear what I hear?
A shepherd boy, singing to the mighty king
A child a child shivers in the cold
It’s about Jesus
Of course
Which is about
All of us
for we all are born cold and naked and vulnerable
Unless maybe we are kings in palaces, as in the Christmas song
Where the mighty king in a palace warm…
is being told by a mere shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song a song
With a voice as big as the seas….
telling us
the same that Micah tells us
today
What does the Lord require of you
do justice, love kindness walk humbly with God…
Its foolishness to our world
Walk humbly?
Oh come on !
That’s for folks who ain’t got plenty to protect….
Love kindness ??
Sure, as long as the kindness finds a way to benefit me…
Do justice…??
Sure,
As long as first I get my fair share or bigger of what I know I deserve !
Oh Gosh
And into all of that worldly thinkin’ and doin’ and livin’
Comes the call of God
With a voice bigger than all the seas
“Do you hear what I hear?
Pray for peace children everywhere”
Only the voice of God doesn’t stop there
Does it?
With praying for peace…
Rather God insists of us…
“be ye makers of peace…”
And Jesus said
Blessed are the poor in Spirit,
which is us, for we
too, mourn and need mercy and
want to be pure in heart but know we fall short
and know that we want to avoid being persecuted.
Except
Jesus says
Blessed are you
When people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you on my account…
So were we to stand somewhere and sing out
Do you hear what I hear…
Like shepherd children to mighty kings and rulers…
Do you hear what I hear?
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold…
for a child somewhere is in need
and a child somewhere longs for peace
what would the world say?
The Apostle Paul
who himself heard and fell to the ground at the sound of the voice of God bigger than the sound of all the seas…
found himself writing,
“God makes foolish the wisdom of the world”
for the wisdom of the world would tells us:
Be wise: Store up just a little bit more
Then give.
Hold back just a little bit more on kindness
until someone else is kinder to you first;
Wait with your mercy -- for down the line there will surley be someone else who needs it more
than the person in front of you now…
and you wouldn’t want to waste your mercy
now, and not have it later, would you?
– there will always be a need for mercy so don’t waste it now…
you wouldn’t want to waste your mercy
Now
would you…
But into all of that
that the world’s way of wisdom would say
Comes this
Do you hear what I hear?
God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise…
The apostle Paul was writing of the upside down way of God coming to us as an infant
Shivering in the cold
And was writing to us of the upside down way of God
Approaching us
In the form of Jesus
Crucified naked and vulnerable in dying for all to see
and
Those watching would have said
Foolish foolish foolish man
He could have avoided that
He could have just said what they wanted him to say
He could have just given in and not spoken up for the poor and those in mourning and those who are meek in status and those who hunger and those who strive for peace…
Foolish foolish foolish man, those watching would have said
And still today would say, so say…what? Do justice to others first? Giving kindness first? Walk humbly? Foolishness they would saya
Unless
Somehow of a sudden
They hear what we who are followers of Christ hear
even when it challenges us and forces us to re-think what the world tells us…
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song
That God has been singing to us and for us throughout eternity
Do justice
Love kindness, therefore, do kindness,
Walk humbly…not on your own, though…the prophet Micah said
Walk humbly with your God…
With our God…
So that we know as we go out foolishly into the world to proclaim what Jesus asks of us…
That we are blessed Blessed by God
Not only to be a blessing Although yes for that as well
But blessed also by God That we may know
When we are poor in spirit, like now, challenged by the call of God to be what we can’t manage to be on our own ,
that we are to obey, still, for we are in the kingdom not of the world, but of God
and we may know that when we mourn,
even if the comfort feels at the moment not enough, we can trust it is with us still..
and we can know
that we receive the mercy of God
who doesn’t wait for a right time
Or the right act or the right kind of following
But rolls out his welcoming to all red carpet of mercy and kindness.
Do you hear what I hear?
Rejoice and be glad ! Blessed are you ! Holy are you !
Now, in this moment,
This very moment for Jesus is with you
Jesus is with us The Holy Spirit is with us!
fear not being foolish in the name of Jesus…
for we, in the name of Christ, are to be foolish in the eyes of the world,
doing so for we are the kingdom of God,
hearing the voice of God above Satan’s disdain and above all the world’s clamor.
Hear it, for the voice of God is louder than all, and brings mercy to you. Rejoice and be glad ! Amen!

*("Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker who wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis..see note below). Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday.[3] It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists including Harry Simeone Chorale and Bing Crosby. You can hear it on YouTube)