Someone Else’s Shoes – Christmas Eve Worship – Part 5 of our Walls series

Merry Christmas everyone! I LOVE Christmas!  The gift-giving, the good food, the pretty lights, the joy, the smiles, the Christmas cheer that goes from ear-to-ear.  Family and friends, Christmas dinner, cookies for Santa, tree-trimming, and singing Christmas songs at the top of your lungs.  It’s ALL great.  I love Christmas! But I can’t stand the song “The Christmas Shoes.”  The truth is I think the … Continue reading Someone Else’s Shoes – Christmas Eve Worship – Part 5 of our Walls series

The Fake Bliss of Ignorance – Part 4 of our Advent Sermon Series on Walls

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Ignorance is bliss.” But ignorance is bliss only for the ignorant.  Ignorance is bliss, but only for the ignorant.  The saying comes from a poem by Thomas Gray called Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College, and is itself maybe it’s own best example of our ignorance.  Gray writes these last two lines at the end of his poem, … Continue reading The Fake Bliss of Ignorance – Part 4 of our Advent Sermon Series on Walls

Wafers, Loaves, and Chunks – Part 3 of our Advent Sermon Series on Walls

Today we’re continuing our sermon series about the walls we build between us. Not the physical walls, but the psychological ones that prevent us from living together as God created us to live.  We were never meant to live as a divided people.  God created us differently on purpose, to contribute to that rich tapestry of life that celebrates the diversity of God’s creation. In … Continue reading Wafers, Loaves, and Chunks – Part 3 of our Advent Sermon Series on Walls

Mnemonics and Other Ways to Improve Your Memory – Part 2 of our Advent Series on Walls

Do you know what a mnemonic is? It’s a learning technique that helps people retain information. A mnemonic is any learning technique that helps us retain information.[1]  You’ve probably learned quite a few during your life.  There’s a bunch of different kinds.  Like the rhyming mnemonic – “I” before “E” except after “C” or when sounded like “A” as in neighbor and weigh.  There’s also … Continue reading Mnemonics and Other Ways to Improve Your Memory – Part 2 of our Advent Series on Walls

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors – Part 1 of our Advent Sermon Series

Robert Frost has always been one of my favorite poets. And the poem we’ll share this morning, “Mending Wall,” is such a beautifully well-written piece of work.  It is so simply told, it reads like a story, but has such great underlying meaning about the walls we build around ourselves in our lives.  The oxymoronic title has double meaning, but it doesn’t pop out at … Continue reading Good Fences Make Good Neighbors – Part 1 of our Advent Sermon Series