Preached on: February 24, 2013
Preached by: Rev. Dr. Augustus Succop, III
Scripture lesson: John 11: 1-37
Go through the Bible and count the number of times you read of someone in tears. You will end up with more than just a handful of accounts. What is evoked in you when you see someone in tears? Compassion, concern; maybe nothing?
During the Sundays in Lent, I am offering a sermon series entitled Tears of Faith. The series was inspired when I began to notice the number of people in the Bible who are rendered, reduced to tears.
When we are reduced to tears it is because we care. We care because of what we have lost, because of what others have done to us and/or because of what we have done to others. Tears are a sign that we are in touch with our full humanity; that, despite evidence to the contrary, we are, indeed, human.
Drawing upon the tears found in the Old and New Testament, we will wonder at what prompted those tears, what they mean, and how those tears brought the future into focus.
Pray with me: Lord, with tears You once wept and prayed for Jerusalem. Today, You weep no less for us, Your church, especially when it causes You and itself pain and disappointment. Use Your tears, O Christ, to cleanse our hearts and minds so only faithfulness may pour forth from our lives and only tears of joy would fall from Your eyes. Amen.
Pastor Succop and youth director Matt Wiggins will be holding a class for parents and children who are preparing to participate in the sacrament of communion. Please contact the office to express your interest in the class by emailing email@example.com. We will be announcing time and location soon.
The annual Cameron Wood Blood Drive is being held Sunday February 24 from 1 to 5:30 pm at the Cameron Wood Clubhouse. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter code 12026.