Sermon Audio: R. Hurkmans
"You Put The Light In Me" R. Zimmer
Eight hundred years before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah saw that a surprise was coming. In the most unlikely place imaginable, the Light of Life was about to burst into the darkness of our world. Even more amazing: this light was coming into the world... through a child.
Are you human? Maybe you are, maybe you aren't. Most of us have a deep sense that there is something broken in us. We aren't the human beings we know we should be. Jesus, on the other hand, shows us the perfect human life. But is why Jesus came? To show us what a perfect life looks like? Today we discover that baptism is the restoration of what it means to be human. And most importantly, we discover that Jesus didn't come to "show us" his life (as an example of perfection) but to "give us" his life, his perfect life. Join us this Sunday as we reclaim what it means to be human.
Are you so “heavenly minded that we are not earthly good?” In other words: you pray a lot, but what else do you do? This might sound like heresy, but prayer alone isn’t enough.
It may sound shocking, but God detests our prayers if they aren’t accompanied by actions. Prayer and mission are one. This means that our prayers are only complete when we get up off our knees, roll up our sleeves, and do the things God wants us to do. It’s a mystery, but for some reason God doesn’t want to change the world without us. You can pray with your words: but can you pray with your deeds? Your wealth? Your Time?
Join us this Sunday as conclude our five week look at prayer by exploring how we can become the answer to our own prayers.
We all long for order in our lives. God created the world in an orderly way, but now most of us find ourselves swimming in chaos. What's the solution? Creating a ordered, scheduled prayer life is one way to push back against the chaos of life and begin reordering our lives (and our world too!)
Our Anglican tradition had this great inheritance to offer us: the Daily Office. The office is an ordered way of praying both in the morning and at the end of our day. Can we reclaim our tradition, and reorder our lives by embracing the ancient practice of daily prayer? Let us pray!
You can pray at home. You can pray in the car. You can pray in church. You can pray anywhere, right? Of course that's true. However, when Jesus was teaching his disciples how to the pray, he also told them where to pray. For some reason, location mattered to Jesus. Today we will see that "where" we pray is no trivial matter, and if we could just apply this one command of Jesus, it could revolutionize our life: not just our prayer life, but our entire life.
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.