Saturday, July 7, 2012

Homily on Hope

I am writing to share with you all a sermon I shared last Sunday. I've been attending a small Episcopal church that sits right beside the largest homeless shelter in the city. Every Sunday afternoon, they host a service that caters to Nashville's homeless community, with a full meal afterward for all comers. My sermon was about hope in the face of hopeless situations. It is a little longer than what is usually posted on this blog, but I'm sharing the link below for anyone who is interested. Peace.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dYP_5sxhJFSK0GaZQ3uQoBNb4IZk3PfMoBClon3OdNk/edit

5 comments:

RC said...

Great sermon! Great story about Sarah and Emma. I'm grateful for your sharing this and for the work you're doing with the Tennessee Justice Center. The small Episcopal church you're attending sounds extra special, too. You're blessed and a blessing!

Daniel said...

John, thanks for sharing this! Since we haven't chatted in a while, it was especially great to hear about your work with the TJC. It's hard to imagine a role (advocating for those in need of healthcare) that would better prepare one for a sermon on this particular gospel story. Thanks for sharing out of that difficulty, tension, and belief!

Anna Cotton said...

John,
I deeply appreciated your sermon, and I particularly liked how you used the story of Sarah and Emma to illustrate active hope and to remind us that Jesus is with us in joy and sorrow. Working for justice is slow and often difficult so your words serve as a real encouragement.
I’m very proud of your job and the ways you are contributing to help real people. May you be encouraged to continue! Thanks for this meaningful post.
Blessings,
Anna

Mark Wills said...

Great sermon, John! You have an invitation to come preach in East Tennessee!!!! Blessings to you and Erica and the work you are doing in Nashville.

Paul Corrigan said...

Though I'm late to comment, I'll also chime in to say that I found this sermon meaningful and encouraging.

Here are some of the lines that particularly grabbed me:

"hope is not usually a logical response to the world"

"hope changes our perspective, our way of seeing things, in a way that has the potential to radically change not only our lives but also the world around us."

I was quite moved as well by the story of Sarah and Emma.

Thank you for sharing this with us. May God bless the good work you are doing at the Church and the Justice Center.

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