How are you?
Really, we want to know.
What do you need to hear right now? What words would help?
I wrote a sermon for May 10, 2020 for Sermons That Work, a ministry of The Episcopal Church where people write sermons for use anywhere in the church. These sermons are not supposed to be written with references in the first person, so anyone can use them as is.
The sermon was due April 1, a week after we returned from South Africa due to the pandemic, about the time my calendar started having lots of plans with lines drawn through and pages becoming lumpy with white-out.
You never know what may happen between the time you write a sermon and the day you preach it, even when sermon preparation takes place just days before. But the almost 6 weeks between April 1 and May 10 is a while. The stay at home orders had just recently gone into effect where we’re living now. What if they were still in effect in Eastertide? What if they were still in effect the Fifth Sunday of Easter? What would I need to hear?
There is so much to listen to in these Bible passages, but here is what I thought I might need reminding of when mid-May comes around. And this good news isn’t just for mid-May, not just for this crisis, this time.
First, you may want to check out the scripture readings for the day.
The written sermon is posted here https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/rock-solid-when-everything-feels-air-easter-5-may-10-2020
A video version can be found here https://youtu.be/IJHwTnpR0t8
(If you want to see a sermon I wrote based on the same texts during Lent, go here for the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu3fyc048yw&t=11s and here for the written version https://amyandjoegotoafrica.com/2020/03/27/homesickness-and-its-treatment/).