Before we get started, there are a few disclaimers:
- The sermon will not be rooted in the lectionary texts.
- There will be media usage, please notice the projection scene.
- If you have a Scot-Irish Intern, you should not let them loose on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Saint Patrick’s Day is marked with the wearing of green or orange, the kissing of the Irish, and drinking your choice of Guinness, Jameson, or Bushmills. Originally, however, it was the celebration of the life and the ministry of Saint Patrick.
But, we are Lutheran and the Saints are Roman Catholic, right? Well, not exactly.
The Medieval Church embraced the Cult of Saints, which was the practice of evoking the Saints for intercession and for merit. Although Martin Luther argued against this particular practice, he did recognize the Saints as examples of and inspiration for Christian vocation and witness. Saint Patrick might be such an example and inspiration for us.