Tomayto – Tomahto – June 26, 2016

OT: 2 Kings 2:6-14; Psalm 77:11-20 NT: Galatians 5:13-25 Gospel: Luke 9:51-62; Luke 6:1 Galatians 6:1-5 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. 4 All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. 5 For all must carry their own loads. Terms & Introduction –  Raise your hand if you say “Tomahto”. How about “Tomayto”? Who eats this notably popular food? Who grows or has grown them? Think about why you eat and/or grow this tasty treat. Is it to simply eat plain? Or, add it to a salad? Is it to dash some salt over? Or, simply to add between two slices of bread massaged with the delectable white concoction, mayonnaise? Whatever the reason, we can agree that tomatoes have a place on the table at any given time and a criterion is in place for how we partake in it. Today, we will glimpse at the general life of tomatoes as we seek to gain an understanding or reminder of our role in the garden of life. We will reflect on establishing the plot, maintaining the crop and results of the harvest. Here are the terms that will function as our tools to cultivate understanding of the passages read. Gentleness. Gentleness is important and...

Face to Face

FATHERS’ DAY A small boy’s definition of Father’s Day: “It’s just like Mother’s Day only you don’t spend as much.” Definition of a father… “A father is a man who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be.” Paul Harvey said “Fathers are what give daughters away to other men who aren’t nearly good enough, so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody’s.” Theologian and Minister John Drakeford dedicated one of his books: “To my two sons, Warwick and Brenton, teachers in the art of family living, who in the process have put gray hairs in my head, bills in my pocket, illustrations in my sermons, happiness in my home, and pride in my heart”. But perhaps the best ‘father’ statements are from Mark Twain. He said, “When I was 14, I was amazed at how stupid my father was. When I was 21, I was equally amazed at how much the old man had learned in 7 years”. With these thoughts of fathers, let us look together to God’s Word for instruction as to what God would have us believe about fatherhood. OT Lesson: Psalm 128 NT Lesson: 1 Corinthians 13 Gospel: Mark 5: 21-43 Some of us here have wonderful relationships with – or wonderful memories of – our fathers. Some not so wonderful. I have come to appreciate the challenge of ‘parent-specific’ sermons (Mother’s day and Father’s day) because to speak of parents in universally positive and empowering terms seems to ignore reality, and to render the message inauthentic. It would be of ineffable blessing – to every person, to society,...