Pentecost 25: Birth Pangs

Sermon for the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome to the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Season B.  This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA.  We are coming close to the end of the church year.  This week the sermon was focused on the coming of the birth pangs.  What does that look like or feel like?  This sermon was preached the Sunday after terrorist attacked Paris.  The scripture readings for the day are Daniel 12:1-3Psalm 16Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 and Mark 13:1-8.

Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.

In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:

  • In the last few years, it seems that world events and world calendars have brought talk of the end of the world, talk of apocalypse, talk of second-coming. First, there was the Y2K phenomenon.

  • Some remember where they were when they heard that JFK was shot, now we might remember where we were when we heard about the Twin Towers falling.

  • There are fewer and fewer people who remember living in the world without a state of constant fear. We are afraid of the wars starting around the world.

  • It is easy to read Jesus’ words with our vision of fears, worries, and doubts. “Beware,” Jesus says, and we begin to tremble in our pews! “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various place, there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.” Then we look around at our world, and we see nation fighting nation, and we see awful things happening and people who are hungry.  

  • Jesus’ words are meant to help us live more fully, and to live free of fear.

  • In Baptism we have already died in all the ways that matter, and that our new eternal life has already begun!  It begins now, with the love and joy of Christ overflowing from us to our neighbor, and it grows to fulfillment in the life to come.

[bctt tweet=”Jesus tells us to love with no fear. To reach out to the world and to be in relationship to engage.”]

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You can download a complete, transcript of this sermon here.

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