2013/11/27 Mountain Top Community Thanksgiving @ Cornerstone
Message, Deuteronomy 26.1-11 and Mark 5.1-20
Personal Intro & thanks to Tom and Stephanie, to God for
bringing us here
understanding of person & healing – exorcism & healing
statement – Legion, boar
first fruit, tithe … in the context of the generosity of God
But the focus today is on Story Telling as Worship &
Eucharistic feast, Holy Communion – on the night …
of firstfruits, and other feasts – matched with story
wandering Aramean was my ancestor” (Deuteronomy 26.5)
orphan and coal miner, standing at his son’s baptism
family “came into the land” of college ed
the smuggler and pirate?
of him, the family “came into the land” of the
The family story, like most, also includes alcoholism,
secrecy, abuse, mental illness. There
are many ways in which the telling of the story is not pretty. And, there are many ways in which the telling
of the story is absolutely glorious. It’s
human, through and through, and touched by God.
Abraham? When Abe and his wife Sarah are
Pharoah takes an interest in Sarah, so Abe says, “No, she’s not my wife, just
my sister”. When he and Sarah struggle
with infertility, he sleeps with one of the servants to produce an heir. (This is what you call “biblical marriage”!) It’s not pretty, and it is absolutely glorious. It is completely human and touched by
God. If you think you’re life, your
family history, is crazy messed up, full of potholes, flaws, and bold sin …
join the club. You’ll fit in just fine
with Abraham. You’ll fit in just fine
with the grace of God in our Lord Jesus Christ.
warts. We don’t hide the uncomfortable
details. Our focus, however, is on our
God. This is story telling as
WORSHIP. The story is not the story
evil, but the story of divine grace.
failure, but our forgiveness.
In worship, we learn to take our stories and fit them into
God’s larger one.
learning to tell stories, alter them, play with them
Labyrinth and Minotaur
practice of telling the story gives us power over it, like the manipulation of
a dream – remember/dismember
NIV, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will
have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” – the way to
understanding is sharing, retelling, remembering
from Gerasa wants to join Jesus’ disciple band, proclaims himself a follower of
Jesus. Jesus offers an unexpected
discipleship path: “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord
has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you” (Mark 5.19)
God (God not far from me)