Sermon: Unraveling Into Acceptance

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14 Oct 2012 • Mark 10:17-31 • The Rev. Dr. Shannon Michael Pater

Sermon: Unraveling Into Acceptance

Unraveling into Acceptance
Sermon: 14 Oct 2012

My sermon for Sunday, 14 Oct 2012, on the occasion of the 2012 Atlanta Pride Parade, explored the notion of “Pride as Sacrament” (click the link to read a my r

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14 Oct 2012 • Mark 10:17-31 • The Rev. Dr. Shannon Michael Pater

Sermon: Unraveling Into Acceptance

Unraveling into Acceptance
Sermon: 14 Oct 2012

My sermon for Sunday, 14 Oct 2012, on the occasion of the 2012 Atlanta Pride Parade, explored the notion of “Pride as Sacrament” (click the link to read a my related blog post); my favorite definition of a “sacrament” is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.”  Sacraments, then, might be symbols and journeys of congruence:  having the “inward” and the “outward” reflect the same truth.

Life can often feel like it comes “unraveled,” however, when we attempt to move toward such a congruence.  The “rich man” in the first section of the pericope might have some insight into that difficult terrain; perhaps Jesus throws him and us a lifeline in the second portion of the reading (my play on words will be obvious if you listen to the sermon).

The sermon is preceded by the choral anthem “Tune My Heart” from  Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music (arr. Glenn Pickett) and includes the quote below from Paul Tillich.  My blog post, A 15 Year-Old Powerful Prophet, is a follow-up piece on Malala Yousafzai.

To listen to the sermon, click the link below.  (NB:  The sermon is “live”and there are a couple of audio anomalies. I also reference Malala as being 14; reports now correct her age as being 15.)

You are accepted.  You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know.  Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later.  Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.  Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything.Simply accept the fact that you are are accepted.  If that happens to us, we experience grace.  After such an experience we may not be better than before, and we may not believe more than before.  But everything is transformed.

–Paul Tillich

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