sermon notes 4OCT09

Insomnia, not illness related, but sermon related.  I’m preaching Sunday.  Nasty subject.  Divorce.  Tough sermon to birth…but it’s coming together.

Jesus in Mark 10:
“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (NRSV) 
“Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.”  (NLT)
“Because God created this organic union of the two sexes, no one should desecrate his art by cutting them apart.”  (The Message)

Pros ten sklerokardian–“For your hardness of heart”

mia sarx–emphasis on one (mia) not flesh (sarx)
nota bene: sarx root word for sarcoisosis

Q. What are the sacraments? A. The sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.  BCP p857

Baptism, Eucharist, confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction.

You cannot make Remembrance grow
When it has lost its Root —
The tightening the Soil around
And setting it upright
Deceives perhaps the Universe
But not retrieves the Plant —
Real Memory, like Cedar Feet
Is shod with Adamant —
Nor can you cut Remembrance down
When it shall once have grown —
Its Iron Buds will sprout anew
However overthrown —
            Emily Dickinson

One must say Yes to life, and embrace it wherever it is found – and it is found in terrible places…  For nothing is fixed, forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.  Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.  The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us.  The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
            James Baldwin


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