May 26, 2013

(Psalm 8; Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; John 16:12-15)

I had one of those Sundays when I had about a half-dozen sermon ideas tumbling around in my head, wrestling for top spot. With it being Trinity Sunday AND Celebration Sunday, it was hard to know quite which direction to go in. But I decided that, when in doubt, I’d go with the KISS principle: Keep it Short and Simple. So I begin with a story. It’s called “Partners”, from a wonderful little book called, “Does God Have a Big Toe?” It’s an imaginary story about the beginning of the world. Unfortunately, I can’t copy it out for you as it’s copyrighted material, but the book is available through the Victoria Public Library – there’s even a copy at the Juan De Fuca Library! So. Here’s the story:

(Read “Partners” p. 1-3- an imaginary story of how God arranges a partnership with Adam and Eve to “finish” the world)
So what do you think? Is the world finished yet? What would you like to see different in the world? Maybe you’d like to see less pollution and more green growing things? Maybe you’d like to see everyone have enough to eat? Maybe you’d like more people to feel at peace in their hearts, and at peace with their neighbours? Who knows, maybe you’d like to be able to see more stars at night, or discover a bird that no-one else has seen before? Maybe you hope for a time when people truly see each other as brothers and sisters, not only with each other but with all that lives? Maybe you’d like more children to learn about Jesus, and more people to understand that God is a God of love? I wonder which of those jobs is God’s job, and which of them are ours? I know sometimes we get mad or upset because we think God isn’t doing God’s job…I wonder if God ever gets upset if her partners aren’t doing theirs? It’s a good thing God is often more gracious with us than we are forgiving of God! 
Today we’re celebrating: we’re celebrating our partnership in ministry, with God and with one another. We are here today because God invited us into relationship with the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit; with the Source of Life, through Wisdom who Walks with us, by the Spirit of Truth. We are here today to say thank-you for the worthwhile work God has given us to do, and the people with whom we accomplish that work. We’re giving thanks for the chance to worship freely and in ways that speak to our hearts AND our minds. We’re giving thanks for the friendships formed here and the support we are to one another. We’re giving thanks for our place within the Western Communities and the chance to have a vital role right where we live. There’s a lot to be thankful for – and there is much more to come. May the Spirit keep our hearts open to the witness of Jesus and the opportunities for partnership God places before us. Amen.
Bibliography: Gellman, Marc and Oscar de Mejo. Does God Have a Big Toe?: Stories about Stories in the Bible. New York: HarperCollins, 1989.

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