A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.
When I was very young (too far back to remember exactly when!), I entered a grocery store Easter coloring contest. I won. It was exciting. And I think the reason why I won was because I colored outside the lines. That’s right. Despite what too many people have told us, it is OKAY to color outside the lines, because God does!
Actually unbeknownst to me at the time, I was practicing a printmaking process. First I covered the surface broadly with yellows and other bright colors. Then I began layering in colors, overlapping and intermixing and creating rich hues, developing almost a patina of crayon. There were no hard edges or solid black lines to rigidly define the subject – an Easter bunny of course! Later when I became a printmaker at the Maine College of Art, I realized that I somehow had this knowledge deep down, evident even in my youth.
Read more: Rector's Message
Today's Guest Preacher is the Rev. Robert Stuhlmann from Burlington, Vermont. We thank him for standing in for Rev. Susan who is enjoying a well-deserved vacation.
Today's sermon is available in audio only. For more of Rev. Stuhlmann's reflections see his blog, Stories From A Priestly Life.
"We are the Episcopal Church, welcoming all and practicing our faith through worship, discipleship, fellowship and service."
Transcripts of earlier sermons
Services: Sunday Eucharist - 9 a.m.Evening Prayer - Tues 6:15 p.m., Fri 5 p.m.