Summer Nights

Summer Nights

Speak, Lord, Your Servant Is All Ears

George Sanders is the priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church up on Weddington.  He also serves as a chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital’s geriatric psych unit.  At a mental health event a couple of years ago, George mentioned an occasion where a woman with dementia was rolled out to an enclosed courtyard to get some air and sunshine.  There are bushes and flowers there.  The…

Get Ready Now

During my summer Sundays in the pulpit, we’ve been in a series called Summer Nights.  We’re exploring some Bible texts that take place at night.  This morning we’re engaging a story Jesus tells as he teaches about his second coming.  I invite you to open your Bible to Matthew 25:1-13.  We’ll read this story in a moment.  But first, another story … “But It’s Not Due for a…

Courage In the Night

A rich man bought a huge ranch in Arizona, and he invited a number of his associates to come see it.  After touring some 1500 acres of mountains, rivers, and grasslands, he took everybody back to the house.  The house was as spectacular as the scenery, and out back was the largest swimming pool any of them had ever seen.  But this was no ordinary pool.  The rich man had…

The Right Question

A father decided that his son needed to learn a little bit of American history, so he decided to take him to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  As you can imagine, his son was full of questions.  “Dad, where did we get this statue?” “I don’t know, son.” “Dad, when was the statue put in its place?” “I don’t have any idea, child.” “How tall is the statue, Dad?”…

All the Way Home

A Seattle resident trying to kill a spider also very nearly killed his house.  Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department said the man, whom authorities did not identify, used spray paint and a lighter as “a self-made blowtorch” to attack a spider escaping into a wall in his laundry room.  The wall caught fire, and the man apparently tried unsuccessfully to…

Come On Over and Help Us

Today we begin a summer series called Summer Nights.  No, the song from Grease is not going to be our theme.  And no, we’re not going to be talking baseball or lightning bugs or boating or swatting mosquitoes.  We’ve got bigger fish to fry (no summer metaphor intended).  On the Wednesday nights and Sundays in which I preach we’ll be exploring Bible texts that happen at…