January 2015 Archives

Sermon delivered to St. Francis Lutheran Church
January 25 - Reconciling in Christ Sunday (Third Sunday after Advent)

"Reconciled and called" - Text from Jonah 3:1-5, 101 Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20




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Greetings to you this day my sisters and brothers in Christ and family in life. 

The week before last my 91 year old grandmother died, and I went to South Carolina to be with my family and help with the funeral, which included providing the homily.  While I thank you for your thoughts and prayers, she felt that her time had come, and she was more than ready to go. In many ways it was as much as celebration as it was a remembrance of her life and times. 

But besides all of that, I had the opportunity for the first time in my life to stand in the pulpit in the church of my childhood, the church of my family for five generations and over a hundred years. The church where my parents were married and where I was confirmed and where my Lutheran identity was well formed. 

Mama Myrtle 1979.jpgSermon delivered January 17, 2015
At St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Columbia South Carolina

The Gospel according to Matthew, the 11th chapter

At that time Jesus said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 'Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.'


Let us pray,

May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer. 

Amen

Greetings to you this day my sisters and brothers in Christ and family in life. We are here today to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Myrtle Estelle Kyzer Spigner, who many people know as Mrs. Spigner, many other people know as Myrtle or Miss Myrtle, and a no small number of us, including myself, know as Mama Myrtle.   

And she was known by so many names because she touched so many people's lives through her family who is well represented here in this chapel, her church life here at St. Luke's, her work with Airport High School, her arts and crafts, which she dearly loved, and even at the end of her life the people she touched at Agape Senior Living.  

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