Cold Fury at Not Seeing All of God’s People As Beloved

Jan 10, 2021   •  

The Reverend Michele Morgan 

January 10 2020

Epiphany 1 B

Intro to Lending your voice 

 

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.    Matthew 2:1-12

 

Point of Rector’s Privilege you will be getting  Three mini-sermons today.  

 

(ONE SERMON) When I was little, I was a shy kid, a quiet shy kid, I had this horrible habit of blushing so hard that my face would turn red and I would hide behind my mum or dad’s legs so that I did not have to deal with the adult or the attention being directed to me.  I know it is relatively difficult to believe that it is true.  Ask one of my family, my sister Sandra can tell you that I was a shy little kid.  

I am not sure what happened to me but one day, I found my voice, I got loud.  I told stories in a loud voice, I talked to everyone I ever met, and I have OPINIONS.  As you can tell it is still true.   I wonder what switch got thrown at an early age.  I know I really hated blushing, I found it immobilizing.  So less shy, more loud it is.  I wonder if it was because I spoke up for others and not myself.

So this morning we are kicking off a series about ADVOCACY that actually is what lending your voice means.  We have a lot of advantages here, we have a lot of resources.  Our goal this year is to put them to use for the City we live in and the people that we share our various neighbourhoods, and for neighbourhoods that need our support.  

Over the next weeks we will hear ALL the clergy + one talk about What this all looks like, we know that we have to be willing to  Listen to the Change our Deacon Cindy Dopp will talk about ways we can listen and as Jesus would say with new ears, and new hearts.  We have to put aside a lot of what we bring into rooms so that we can hear what is being called for, that is why we are partnering with the Washington Interfaith network, and OUR member congregations.  If we hang out and work with other people and listen to them, listen to the world as they see it, and listen to the change they are calling for, then we begin to see the world anew.  If our lens changes then we change, that has always been true, it is how I got involved with church, it is how I started to work on political campaigns, it is how I became a gun violence prevention advocate.   It is how I show up and work to a better world for all of us.  We will hear from The Reverend Justi Schunior about how our lenses change.  

We have to be willing to Learn and Teach what we have seen and are now Calling for, so we will hear from The Reverend Joe Hubard, transitional Deacon and our seminarian.  It is a deep Christian vein of teaching and learning with one another and our goal is to continue to set up chances to move more deeply in the work, if you look at announcement 5 you will see that WIN classes have already started.  

 

Our adjunct The Reverend Patricia Catalano will be in to talk about In It For the Long Haul.  Because here is the thing, that we need to set ourselves up to do this work over a long stretch of time.  How do we do that?  How do we continue to have members of St. Marks step up, do the work and step back, let others in and all of us find work within the scaffold of topics that come up to change the city.  How do we set ourselves up to continue the work.  I will be back in the pulpit at the end of the season to talk about what it is like to be changed.

 

 

 

(TWO SERMON) 

  1. State who we are/ request if we are taking down our banner.
  2. Silence during the confession 
  3. Banners for all 
  4. Lawn signs for yourselves.