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February 15, 2012

Rob Eaton’s World Mission Sunday Sermon in “Sermons That Work”

I see that Rob Eaton’s sermon has been posted on Sermons That Work—nice going, Rob.

On the other hand, we may be paying more attention to ourselves because – just like the rest of the world around us – we continue to be in great need of the healing Love of God. Placing ourselves into the gospel story, we desperately want to be the recipients of God’s call as His “sons and daughters” whom he loves. And yet there is only One about whom God is speaking at that moment. And through that Son, Jesus, is the love of God revealed to all of us. We can’t set aside Jesus.

We need to know what Mission is. Our guidance here in the Gospel of Mark will be found in Jesus’ instruction to the disciples. As they come down the mountain Jesus tells them they are not ready to tell about “what they had seen.” Looking for direction for mission, in that phrase, our eyes are turned back to what happened.

What did they see? They saw the power of God revealed in and through Jesus Christ.

And what did they hear? They heard the voice of God saying about the Son of God, “Listen to him.”

Here, then, is the most basic definition of the mission of the church: pointing to Jesus and telling others that the Almighty God has proclaimed who he is, and to do what he says.

This is what a missionary is called to do, just as the three in our readings today were called to be apostles and called to be witnesses on the mountaintop. We pray for missionaries and for their sometimes perilous work in foreign or domestic lands, who also have also seen Jesus and have heard from God the Father. We pray that we all may understand our baptismal duty to point to Jesus and proclaim him as the only begotten Son of God, the Lord and Savior.

So now we come to the question again: If the beginning and end of the mission of the church is meant to be conducted through the power of God, then where in the gospel do we find our guidance?

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Cool.  I am doing the sermon this coming Sunday and I spent yesterday evening getting a new laptop projector working so I could show the transfiguration clip (goes from 1:20 minute mark to the 3:00 minute mark) from “LOTR: The Two Towers” in our little old church on Sunday (probably the first audio-visual prop in a sermon ever in this church).  Now I have Rob Eaton’s sermon to draw ideas from also.

[1] Posted by jamesw on 2-15-2012 at 02:59 PM · [top]

Thank you, Rob!

Could you do this, say, every Sunday?

[2] Posted by James Manley on 2-15-2012 at 07:35 PM · [top]

thanks, James.
and James, sure…just for you, or what?
: )

[3] Posted by Rob Eaton+ on 2-16-2012 at 01:53 AM · [top]

Just for me would work.  I’d appreciate an email by Friday so I have a day to rehearse it.  smile

Seriously, bits and pieces (at least) will bless thousands this Sunday in lots of parishes all over the place.  And that is a great thing.  Thanks for your thoughtful work.

[4] Posted by James Manley on 2-16-2012 at 09:46 PM · [top]

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