There is reason to believe that the United States is about to enter into a period of increasing sectarian violence. In some places the shooting has already started. How are we as Christians, as Episcopalians, as members of Trinity Cathedral supposed to respond?
The lessons we used in this final sermon were the same as were used at my installation 6 years ago; the gospel was John 15:9-16.
You can read the notes that used in the extended entry below.
A note about future sermons. I was able to record this sermon off the iPad I used to preach from yesterday. My hope is that as I now preach in various pulpits week in and week out, I’ll be able to keep posting my sermons using this sort of workflow. Let me know if the audio is acceptable?
MP3 FileGrant, O merciful God that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your name.
Gods and Generals – last major history of Civil War that I’ve read.
Resonances between the state of affairs in the US prior to the start of the Civil War and now.
New social economics model indicates the next decade will be marked by increasing sectarian violence in the US.
The Shooting has started
The burning of a “rogue” church in Ohio
The shooting of security guard at FRC
Families are being torn apart
Conversation with my sister about Chick-fil-A
Science vs. Religion
Rhetoric has gotten away from us
Preachers get warned about this. We don’t always listen.
Politicians find it’s to their advantage now.
Internet just makes things more intense – to my GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT
Not getting better. Sorry.
What shall we do?
Jesus has called us his friends. All of us.
All of us. Even the ones who don’t like him.
Are we willing to be friends to people like he has been to us?
Even the people who don’t like us?
It’s hard. I know.
And people will mistrust you. You refuse to keep to the appointed boundaries.
Singing to the songs of God in the middle of the battle.
The community of God at the crossroads of the secular community.
Keep to the mission. Be brave. We were created for this task.
God will be with us.