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Our scriptures reflect a tension that exists within our discipleship, vocations, and lives in general. It is a tension that is held between rest and restlessness, between rest and service.

In the previous weeks, we have explored our co-mission and its high cost, for the cost of discipleship can shatter valued relationships, cause scorn, and for a few physical death.

This morning, we have the yoke of discipleship.

A yoke is a device that joins two or more creatures, often oxen, together as partners in mission and labor. It is used to increase their cooperation in sharing the labor of pulling heavy equipment or a burdensome load. Thus, the yoke has become symbolic of constraining, burdensome labor and servitude.

Within our Matthew scripture, Jesus utilizes the yoke as a metaphor for our relationship, particularly regarding our shared mission, ministry, and baptismal vocation to proclaim Christ in word and deed, to seek justice, to act with compassion and mercy, and to love and serve all people.

Perhaps, we may understand it best within our own personal, human-human, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 6, 2020 in Sermons


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True Joy

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This Sunday was the third Sunday in Advent. We lit the pink candle because the theme of the day is JOY. During our “time with children”, one of the youth noted that hope was mentioned a lot in our texts as well.

Hope (the first candle) is important and goes hand in hand with this concept of joy. Hope is different than being optimistic. Being optimistic is the notion that tomorrow will be better. It is the Scarlett O’Hara affect, countless times she says “I’ll think about that tomorrow, [for] tomorrow is another day”. It is the sense that between now and tomorrow the solution will show up or the problems will melt away. True hope is rooted in a promise that there is a better day, there will be ‘merciful reversal’ where justice will be the norm, where no one will be in need or want. Hope is that one day this will come true while understanding that it probably is not tomorrow.

Similar to our misconceptions about hope, we have misconceptions about joy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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The Shared Burden of Discipleship

Text: Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30

A final recap of this discipleship “mini-series”:
Discipleship is our participation in the Triune God’s dance.
Discipleship has the unpleasant reality of risks, including opposition, isolation, and conflict.
Discipleship demands that we feed, tend, and love the entire creation, including all people.

This picture of discipleship is not glamorous and has not been shown in the best light. However, I want each of us to pause and take a deep breath. I want you to breath in the gospel and hear Christ’s words again:

“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Sermons


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