Earth Day Observance during Easter Season Sermon Series: "Unoffendable"
This sermon series is based in part on the best selling book of the same name. It’s a radical, provocative idea: We’re not entitled to get offended or stay angry. The idea of our own “righteous anger” is a myth. It is the number one problem in our societies today and, as Dallas Willard says, Christians have not been taught out of it. As it turns out, giving up our “right” to be offended can be one of the most freeing, healthy, simplifying, relaxing, refreshing, stress-relieving, encouraging things we can do. Order a copy of Unoffendable and read along with Pastor Brice to discover something of immeasurable value—a concrete, practical way to live life.
Matthew Groves, a second year MDIV student at Vanderbilt Divinity School will be delivering an Earth Day sermon focused on the lectionary text of the Good Shepherd. We will examine several ways to be Good Shepherds like Christ in the modern day, both to Creation and to those people most affected by our destruction of Creation and climate change. We will also look at several practical steps congregations can take to be good stewards of Creation, potentially including a brief blessing of the church's new recycling bins.
Sacred Scripture: John 10:11-18
Overview: The people of the secret service vow to protect the president at all costs. Similarly, Jesus vows to protect his sheep, even to the point of death. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is our own secret service. The Good News is that Jesus has the power to protect us from eternal death through his resurrection.
Human Need: We all need protection in times of vulnerability. The earth also is vulnerable and needs protection.
Community Challenge: What is our mandate to protect the environment?