Mary Anna (25 June 2011)
"Where are you called in Jesus' harvest?"

If anyone were going to College Presbyterian church Sun., this is what they would hear:

The theme for the sermon is that we so often simply don't know what our friends, neighbors, and even family members are going through. I think there is a great deal of hidden anguish in our lives. Here's the passage that comes to mind:
After [the blind men, whom Jesus had healed] had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, "Never has anything like this been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons."

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." (Matthew 9:32-38, NRSV)
Where might you find yourself in this story? Are you beset by something that you can't talk about? Are you feeling harassed and helpless? Are you feeling called to be a laborer in the harvest? Perhaps all of the above are true.

Peace and best wishes,