Bridge

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bridge

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, January 28, 2018, the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany. “Grace Notes” sermon series.

Texts: Galatians 3:23-29, Mark 1:4-11

 

Every year, I go on a 7 day silent retreat during which I speak only to God (and my assigned spiritual director for 30-45 minutes a day).  My first retreat—fifteen years ago—I arrived with my agenda in hand; I had a plan!  It didn’t take long for me to realize that God’s agenda was different than mine, that God knew what I needed better than I.  There came a moment late in the week when, all at once, I realized something quite astonishing:  I was carrying around an extraordinary weight of guilt about some very destructive things I had done in my life—and I was assuming that this heavy, dull, [...]