The Way?Pastor Alisa Lasater Wailoo, May 14, 2017
Part of the Mothers' Day 2017 series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
On this Sunday, many in our country and around the world will celebrate Mother’s Day. Others will bemoan it. In our denomination, although it’s not an official church holiday, it’s roots are in the church. Sadly, just a few years after the holiday began, the founder, Anna Jarvis, thought that we'd lost our way or at least lost sight of the original purpose and intention of the day.
As our mothers and mothering figures know, we can all lose our way. Check out the Acts passage for this sermon and imagine what Stephen's mom might be thinking and feeling? What about Saul’s mama? One has been silently serving and the other loudly preaching; but who is following the Way Jesus describes in our Gospel lesson? And how do we find "the way?" (By the way, is there only one way? We'll be considering that in the sermon as well).
So come to this sermon to celebrate God's love in our midst, the ways God's love leads us, and all who reflect God's way, truth, and light.
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55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (ESV)
14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. (ESV)