We’ve been having some work done at our house. For months now, we’ve been in the process of having the 80-year-old house rewired. While we’re at it, we’re getting painting done both inside and out, and attempting to get rid of some things that, as the book says, no longer spark joy. Some of you may have heard about this book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. It has sparked a movement of getting rid of things that weigh us down and hold us back. The criteria for getting rid of something is if it doesn’t fit, or doesn’t match our current lifestyle, or is broken, or doesn’t spark joy when we look at it, we should thank it, and let it go.
It can be hard to let go of something that tugs at the heart strings, bringing back old memories. Most of the time, it’s not the object itself, but the memories of people associated with it. I still have things that my grandparents gave me as a child. I don’t really like them, but it’s a reminder that they loved me and gave me something to show it. It might be time to let the objects go and cherish the memories.
We can also tidy up our spiritual lives. We’ve all had times we’ve messed up. Sometimes royally. As followers of Jesus, in the Wesleyan tradition, we have grace to help us let go. When we find faith in Jesus, we can seek forgiveness. Justifying grace in response to our repentance means that the slate is wiped clean. It’s as if it never happened in God’s eyes. But we humans have a tendency to hold on to those times, and to keep the memory and hurt alive. It may be time to let it go, and allow God to do a new thing in our hearts and lives. As Paul says in the letter to the Romans:
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. (Romans 6:5-7 NRSV)
We’ve just experienced Easter and the joy of Resurrection. Because he lives, we can face tomorrow. Because he lives, all fear is gone, so says the song. May we let go of the things that keep us from living in the fullness of the joy of following Jesus. And may we spark something in the lives of those who do not yet know him.
Happy Easter! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Grace and peace,
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June 9 – Pentecost Sunday
Sermon – The Rush and Howl of Pentecost
June 16 – Trinity Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday/Father’s Day
John 16: 12-15
Sermon – What Is Truth?
Facts and data. What is true? What is Truth? Jesus told his followers that he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. In our scripture for this Sunday, Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. We haven’t been left alone to our own version of what is true. Come this Sunday as we focus on following Jesus.
Pentecost – the birthday of the church. The Holy Spirit came rushing in and was felt by those who were gathered in Jerusalem. Each heard the Good News in their own language. How are we sharing the gift of the Good News with those who haven’t yet heard it?
June 2 – 7th Sunday of Easter/Ascension Sunday
Sermon –Ascension Joy
The Apostles’ Creed says, in part, “On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.” We spend a lot of time focused on Jesus’ resurrection. But what about his ascension? Come this Sunday as we look at what it means for us. We will also share in Holy Communion.
June 23 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon – When Pigs Fly
What do you do when you’re possessed by demons? Find Jesus and ask for help. And yes, Jesus’ help involved pigs. Then, tell everyone what Jesus did for you. That’s what sharing the Good News is about. Truly it’s not as rare as when pigs typically fly.
June 30 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon – Discipleship 101
Why should we follow Jesus? There is no guarantee of safety and security, no guarantee that everyone will agree with what you believe. But there is no better way to live. Come this Sunday as we explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.