Date: April 3, 2011
Liturgical Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Lent
RCL Scripture: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
Sermon Title: What do we see?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110403_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=What do we see?]
There is only one sermon this week as the weather conspired to keep me from getting to Briercrest. It is April 3 and the secondary road and highways were all “travel not recommended” so after a quick call to Gordon and Jean we decided that it would be best if didn’t try it. By the time Liesey and I left for Moose Jaw at 9:30, Highway 1 was just a challenge but not particularly dangerous. The turnout at St. Mark’s was quite low as getting around in Moose Jaw was far from easy.
The focus of the message comes from the Old Testament and Gospel lessons; Samuel anointing David and Jesus healing a man blind from birth. Heather and I talked about it off and on this week and her perspective shaped the whole notion of what we look at determines what see. Looking forward to any and all responses to the message.
I have thought about this story at some length over the years, but it had never occurred to me that there was a different quality of seeing demonstrated by the blind man. I appreciated your thoughts about focus determining what we see. Wildly paraphrasing your actual statements I realize. However, for me, in this season of time where focus on almost anything seems to be a hard to come by commodity, it helped me.
I know you’ve had thoughts of what’s the point, regarding putting the sermons online, but I’d encourage you if only for my benefit. And that benefit has been large and appreciated!!
Yep, 2 (two) exclamation marks.