Aug 25

Funeral Sermon for Ruth E. (Betty) Kirk


The word “disciple” is a bit foreign to our modern ears. We don’t really have disciples any more. The days of wandering teachers with a small group of close associates are behind us, at least for now. So a good deal of Christian preaching and study focuses on coming up with translations of this important word—so important, after all, because all of us are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Instead of disciple, you may hear words like “follower” or “student” or “apprentice” or even “friend.” I like all of those words, and I think they all teach us something important about what it means to be Jesus’ disciples. But this morning I want to offer a different word, one that I think is especially appropriate for our gathering here. And the word is: worshiper. A disciple is a worshiper. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that above all else, a disciple of Jesus is someone who worships. Continue reading

Aug 25

The Eucharist: Spirit and Life



It is, without a doubt, the church dedication service to end all church dedication services, a festival for celebrating a new worship building like none other. For generations the ark of God has gone about in a tabernacle, in a tent that moved with the people of God, the people of Israel. And now, Solomon, king of Israel, stands before his people at the altar of a new house for God, one that will not move. The image of God as a pilgrim with a journeying people that the ark and the tabernacle presented is being replaced by a new vision: of God resting with God’s people and of those people journeying in pilgrimage to the place God dwells. Continue reading