July 16, 2017 Dr. Seuss Book – Yertle the Turtle Genesis 11:1-11 The Tower of Babel 11 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as they migrated from the east,[a] they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make […]
July 9, 2017 – First Christian Church of Orange, Orange, CA Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:12-15 “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I arrive, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhorting, to teaching. Do not […]
July 2, 2017 Thank you for having me today and for letting me share my story with you. Often at events in the trans community we go around state our names, pronouns and a silly fact. I’ll start with that. My name is Ray, I use he/him pronouns and if I were to be an […]
July 2, 2017 Acts 8:26-38New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch 26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, […]
June 18, 2017 Graduation Sunday and Father’s Day Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because […]
What we do have each other and a desire to follow Jesus. Baptism is one step on a life-long journey of loving others the way Jesus taught us to love. Your baptism is a powerful reminder of who you are, why you are, and who is with you.
The Space Between The Space Between 5 28 2017 Ascension.pdf Scripture: Acts 1:6-11 6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his […]
The sixth day of creation is the day when God created humans, along with cows, dogs, bears, and assorted creeping things. God creates the animals and with great delight says, “It is good!” Then God creates humankind in verse 26 and all hell breaks loose. The first part of the verse is the basis for our being able to say all people are beloved. We are all created in the image and likeness of God. Here at FCCO, we are explicit in saying that “all means all” and includes all people who identify as LGBTIQ. All are beloved. When we see the other as beloved by God and created in God’s image, it makes it more difficult to exploit, demonize, and destroy one another.
The second part of this verse is the problem because the second part of the verse has been interpreted to mean that all creation is at the disposal of humans. The use of the word “dominion” has led some to believe that humans have been given creation to use and exploit. There are those who argue that the abuse and destruction of creation has its genesis in this verse from genesis.
It’s not very often that we get to dedicate three babies on the same day. Dedication is not just something parents do – it’s something we do as a church. When we walk a baby down that aisle and ask all of you if you are willing to participate in the shaping of this young life – it’s not just religious mumbo jumbo. Our “yes” means we are making a commitment to that baby to provide a future that includes God….and God’s creation.
It is not very hard to make the connection between a baby dedication and a sermon on caring for our land. There is a proverb that says, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” We are borrowing the redwoods from Ryann. We are borrowing the delta from Reagan. We are borrowing the desert from Kathryn. We are borrowing the rich soil of the Midwest from Aayla. We are borrowing the sandy soil of California from Lium. We are borrowing the mountains from Eleanor.
As I turn the knob I can feel the pressure on the other side of the door like the weight of the world is pressing upon it. (Indeed, it is!) And then I remember all over again why I haven’t been in a hurry to open it. The second I pop that latch an avalanche of stuff is going to pin me against the wall and paralyze me. I can already see it. It will be an avalanche of guilt producing, time consuming, checkbook reducing information and admonitions that says, “change or die.” Whales tangled in fishing traps, birds full of plastic, seafood full of mercury, deformed toads, dying bees. Yesterday in Long Beach, divers collected fifty pounds of plastic on a small stretch of beach – most of it straws. On and on it goes. Death should be a good motivator, but I’m feeling pretty good today so it’s not. For now, I’m just going to put the weight of my body against it, force it shut, and put off the inevitable one more day. Maybe tomorrow…