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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Doubters are welcome - sermon from Sunday
Here is an excerpt from the sermon this past Sunday, August 26, by The Rev. Joe Hensley, Assistant to the Rector. Read the entire sermon via our website by clicking here.
We have called this
Sunday “gathering Sunday,” because we are coming back together again after
summer travels and absences. But every Sunday is a gathering Sunday, a day to re-form
this body of faith in Christ. All are welcome here, no matter how much faith
you have been given. Our task is not to boast about our belief in God, not to
congratulate ourselves on having been admitted to some special club of faith.
Our task here is not to say to the world, "come and be like us." Our task here is
one of scratching and tapping the dividing walls. And we do that by hearing sacred,
often confounding words. We do that by offering prayers for those we care about
but without knowing for sure where those prayers go. We scratch and tap by
eating a sacramental and often inscrutable meal of bread and wine, mysterious flesh
and blood. Our task here is to gather in a community of hospitality where even
unbelievers, especially unbelievers, are welcomed, not as lost souls in need of
saving but as kindred spirits on a path of wondering. It may be that those who
have wandered in the wilderness of unbelief will teach those of us who claim to
believe how to be hungry for God.
Posted by Joe at 3:42 PM