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St. Patrick & Gathered In

On this day, the entire world celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day.
It is especially celebrated in the United States as a day of Irish Pride.
Although there are historical reasons for that, today I lift Saint Patrick up as an example of Christian witness… and his story closely matches with the scriptures.

Our scriptures echo human distress and pain:
emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Our scriptures also echo human lamenting, or deep cries, to God.
God not only is able to handle our laments, but desires these because it signifies an intimate relationship and holds God accountable to God’s promises.

Our gospel is Jesus aware of and being warned of the danger that awaits in Jerusalem including his arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death. After all, Jesus is a prophet and that is the fate of the prophets.

Jesus, however, would not be deterred (distracted) from his mission/ministry:
to heal, to release, to forgive, to love, to serve, and to gather ALL people/creation
into God’s protective and maternal love, like that mother hen.

But, what does this have to do with Saint Patrick?

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Modern Inspiration from Saint Patrick

Before we get started, there are a few disclaimers:

  1. The sermon will not be rooted in the lectionary texts.
  2. There will be media usage, please notice the projection scene.
  3. 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.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Sermons

 

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