This Sunday brings us to this portion of the Prayer of Saint Francis: “Lord, let me be an instrument of your peace. Where there is sadness, let me sow joy.”
Our sermon will be shared by Rev. Bob Weathers, a preacher and brother who is beloved of our worshipping community. Bob has had a long and faithful and most distinguished career as a minister in the United Methodist Church, serving as the senior pastor to so many churches in so many settings, urban and rural, through his years, and even serving on the Bishop’s cabinet as a District Superintendent.
If you like personal, spiritual, heart-felt, risk-taking preaching, filled with stories, I recommend that you attend tomorrow. Bob shared with me last Sunday that he intends to preach very personally about the sadness and the joy he has experienced in his own life, on the way of Jesus.
Our scripture will be from John 16 and Philippians 4.
John 16. 19-24
19Jesus knew they wanted to ask him, so he said, “Are you trying to find out from each other what I meant when I said, ’Soon you won’t see me, and soon after that you will see me’? 20 I assure you that you will cry and lament, and the world will be happy. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21When a woman gives birth, she has pain because her time has come. But when her child is born, she no longer remembers her distress because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. 22In the same way, you have sorrow now; but I will see you again, and you will be overjoyed. No one takes away your joy. 23In that day, you won’t ask me anything. I assure you that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24Up to now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy will be complete.”
I was very glad in the Lord because now at last you have shown concern for me again. (Of course, you were always concerned but had no way to show it.) 11I’m not saying this because I need anything, for I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. 13I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.
Hope to see you tomorrow morning.