Sermon/Gathering Theme for Feb 16, 2020–The Senator, The President, and a Prayer: Prayer for Progressives and Liberals

The Senator, the President, and a Prayer: Prayer for Progressives and Liberals

US Senator James Lankford (L) says a prayer with US President Donald Trump (C) and US Senator Christopher Coons during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images)

Energy Drains and Energy Gains: Sermon Sampling

“Have a heating element installed in your couch that gets hotter and hotter the longer you sit there. Of course, be certain it can’t actually set your couch on fire, you devoted potatoes!”

Farmer

Some energy gains:

  1. Unfriending negative people not only on Facebook, but also in real, face to face life
  2. Damaged inner circle relationships
    1. Repair if at all possible.
    2. Otherwise, remove and move on.
  3. Have a heating element installed in your couch that gets hotter and hotter the longer you sit on it–to get rid of couch potato tendencies.
  4. Lean into the energy that is God, and soar in life exactly as Second Isaiah’s eagle soared tirelessly; never give in to a model of dragged-through-the-muck as your way of life.

(from a sermon by Rev. David Albert Farmer, Ph.D., Pastor, Silverside Church)

On Not Losing Oneself: Sermon Sampling

Ultimately, Jesus lost his life because he wouldn’t deny who he was or what he what about.  Before that fateful turn of events, however, he led an overly engaged life serving others in need; and in those years he had to figure out how not to lose himself.  What were his secrets? Here are three of eight I immediately think of.

  1. He realized he couldn’t be engaged in his preaching and healing ministries 24/7 regardless of how many people needed him and how serious their needs were. He often went off by himself without even his closest disciples permitted to go with him to reflect, to pray, and to rest.
  2. With the gravity and urgency of most of the situations of people clamoring for his attention and help, he realized he stay focused on the sadnesses of life only.  Jesus had a social life.  He went to parties and dinner events with the best of them. 
  3. He learned better than to categorize human beings as anything other than human beings.  (No racism, no misogyny, etc.)  Respect for self leads to respect for others.

“Respect for self leads to respect for others.”

Farmer

(from a sermon by Rev. David Albert Farmer, Ph.D., Pastor, Silverside Church)