One of the ongoing themes in my life lately has been the problem of “wanting.” In my case the problem isn’t simply wanting, because that is easy, everyone wants something at virtually every time. No, the problem is facing the reality of “wanting” and then being willing to articulate what I want to the right people at the right time. The irony is that frequently when I am asked what I want, my fool brain doesn’t think this is the right time and dissembles or avoids or something else unhelpful. So my answer to the question the title of this blog post is asking is, nothing. I don’t do anything. This, is not helpful.
This Sunday’s sermons are about what a particular person did when asked “What do you want me to do for you?” The person is one of the lesser known people of the Bible; he is called Bartimaeus and his response to this question is what shaped this Sunday’s Words From the Middle.
Just so you know the sermon title is “What do you want?” and knowing and seeing that makes the first few moments of the sermons make a little bit more sense.
Knox Presbyterian What do you want?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian What do you want?
If you are pressed for time the Knox sermon is the shorter of the two but if you want to listen to both to get the full experience it will take less than 40 minutes total.