LESSON: Letter to the Colossians 3:12-17
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
MESSAGE: “Above All–Love!”
Introduction from Pastor Doug
As I prepare to deliver a few final thoughts with the congregation this Sunday I think back to my first sermon in July 2012, “The Sermon of My Life.” The composition of the church has changed quite a bit since that first Sunday, so I’ll summarize. Boston District Superintendent Reverend Martin McLee invited me to his office to discuss my new appointment to the United Parish of Auburndale. “The church has already rejected two other United Methodist preachers,” Martin tells me with trepidation. “We’ve arranged for you to substitute preach for their interim pastor. The congregation won’t know you are a candidate, but the search committee will be evaluating you.” He eases his chair closer to mine, sharing that this church has a history with a fine preacher named Ellis Johnson, and he tells me, “Doug, you need to preach the sermon of your life!”
The sermon was entitled “Camp Robber Crow” including a plethora of anecdotes as I tried to serve theological tapas hoping everyone would get at least a little bit of spice and nourishment. I wouldn’t call it the sermon of my life, but it at least opened the door to an interview and to what would become my first sermon as settled pastor of UPA. July 1, 2012, I told the congregation I doubted members would long remember any particular message from me, but I hoped each would remember a time my life reflected the grace or God and the gospel of Jesus.
I still hope that is true– together in hospitals and High School musicals, on the mountains in New Hampshire or the valleys of Boston protests, in worship, in prayer, in study, I hope I made my life my argument for God’s loving kindness. You should know that I also heard and remember the sermons of your lives as well.
The words I share this Sunday my not linger long in your memory. So I try not to stress too much this week to capture and encapsulate everything. I need to trust that you have already heard the gospel. All you really need to hear Sunday is thank you. Thank you for loving our son Evan into adulthood. Thank you for your genuine interest in my partner Erica’s life. Thank you for inviting me into your kitchen, your families, your hearts. Thank you!
Prelude: “Fugue in D, I:4” Pachelbel
Anthem: “Veni Sancte Spiritu” Berthier
Postlude: “Voluntary in B-flat” Greene
Meditation: “Pie Jesu” Webber
Suzanne Parker, soprano
Marina Khankhalaeva, mezzo soprano
Religious Education This Week
From Education Director, Sheryl Ellis
This Sunday our students get a final opportunity to hear and learn from Pastor Doug. Our students will remain in worship along with our wonderful teachers.
June 9th Children’s Sunday.
Our students, with the help of Reverend Linda Wood-Boyle, will be sharing some of our lessons learned, talking about the mission we had this year, celebrating our students moving up to the Youth group and looking forward to a new year. All students are welcome to join.