Getting Ready for Sunday, 01.31

Getting Ready for Sunday, 01.31

Jeremiah 4:1-10
Luke 4: 21-30
Beyond Mending Walls

At first thought, my sermon was going to be titled “You Can’t Please Everyone.” Maybe I was allowing that there will be some disagreements in today’s Annual Meeting. There always are — it’s just something about the congregational meeting in UCC polity. For some of us, it’s almost a sign of faithfulness to disagree passionately, or to dissent, to use the word from our religious history! Both Bible passages seem to allow that disagreements will occur, and one should stick to one’s guns. Not destroy one’s opponents. But hold firm to your faith.

But I ended up in a different place — I don’t know exactly the process by which the message developed differently, but it was a full, even heavy week. And a friend did tell me how David Lose, Bob Robinson’s colleague and the President of Lutheran Seminary, how Lose related the Gospel passage to Robert Frost’s poem Mending Walls. How we often mistake the poem for being pro-wall, but really… Well, wait a minute, I’ll get there.

But my title, “Beyond Mending Walls” — it seems a good fit — at least metaphorically — for just about all the most important items on the Annual Meeting agenda! Come to church on Sunday, and here what I say. And enter into the conversations we are having about what our mission will be like in the years ahead…