In the Garden - Come HomeRev. Mark Schaefer, March 5, 2017
Part of the God's Dwelling Place series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
It is with a sad heart that I let you know that Pastor Alisa was not able to preach this Sunday as her husband, Chris, had a loss in his family. His Grandmother, whom he wrote about so beautifully in his Lenten Devotional from 2016, passed way, so they are away for a celebration of her life.
Strikingly, I think Chris' devotional from last year helps us to prepare for this sermon. There, he talks about how his Grandmother created a home for her family - a place to find new life. Just before one of the Scriptures for this sermon (Genesis 3:1-9), God has created a home - a place of new life - for Adam and Eve in the Garden.
Think about your own home of origin. What was it like? Was it a place that you always wanted to go back to, or was it a place you wanted independence from? Why?
This Lent, we are considering the belief that God desires to reside in us, and God desires that we reside in God. But do we strive to stay there, or do we seek independence from God? Why?
My hope and prayer is that this Lenten season will help all of us to strive to stay there (even as God often leads us to new places).
I am pleased to say that Rev. Mark Schaefer, the University Chaplain for American University and a United Methodist Elder, was here to guide us into the Genesis passage noted above as well as Matthew 4:1-11. So, I hope you'll take some time for reflection and prayer around these Scriptures as you prepare to enter into God's presence by listening to this sermon.
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