This Sunday we also will begin a new sermon series. We’re calling it “Learning to Tell our Stories by Listening to God’s Story.” Our worship design team, knowing that these days most of us tell the stories of our lives over coffee or some other treat at a coffee shop have created “The Small Enough to Care Café” at EPUMC. And so we’re inviting you to bring your Starbucks or Caribou coffee into church with you. There will also be the amazing Small Enough to Care Café “Worship Blend” available at the welcome center.
It is important for us to learn to tell our stories…even if it is just for ourselves to hear because when we do, when we listen to our stories we make room for the Holy Spirit to heal and transform, direct and lead our lives. Our stories can also be the place God reaches another.
The first thing about telling our stories is that you don’t have to begin with what is the most important thing in your life. I’m going to suggest that we begin to tell our stories by telling something…. anything about your life…From there it is believing that the Holy Spirit will lead you to a deeper, more significant reflection when you listen closely. On Sunday I’m going to start off by letting you all in on the fact that I cannot stand tuna fish. For how I get to something important, you’ll have to come and hear.
Now that may sound so very trivial, irrelevant, even disrespectful for the week in which we have heard the sad and disturbing story of what happened to Jacob Wetterling. And yet perhaps it can be just the right time. I believe that the power of the Wetterling story has come from the courage and… the willingness of his mother to tell it. And though few of us will have to face anything as public and compelling, all of us have stories to tell that God will use to inspire and help others.
Keep the Faith,