Sermons by Rev. Tony Wike
The Rev. Tony Wike considers Luke 2:1-14: “As we gather here this morning, we bring with us all the hopes and fears of the past years — in some ways, the accumulation of all the hopes and fears of our lives… Scripture tells us that the very first Christmas happened in a mood of fear as well.”View Sermon
A couple of months ago, I shared some thoughts on who we are and who we want to be… Today, I want to share some thoughts on how we define ourselves as individuals…. We have so many ways of defining our identity… But one way we determine our identity that stands out from the rest is our possessions, our stuff, and Jesus says we have to give it all up…
… Amid all the turmoil and tragedy of recent weeks and months, there’s one line that keeps getting repeated: “That is not who we are.” So today I think we might spend a few moments with the question, “if that is not who were are, then who are we? Who do we want to be?” And since the Lectionary has given us the parable of the Good Samaritan, we might as well start there.
Isaiah 43:16-21; John 12:1-8
Memory is an amazing thing, isn’t it? The ability to store vast amounts of information in your head — not just factual information… but also personal experiences, sensations, emotions, the way things felt to us… These things that happened in the past and our memory of them continue to shape our identity and give our life meaning…