July 5, 2020
We all hear hundreds, maybe thousands of sermons in our lifetimes. Very few do we remember beyond an hour or two after hearing them. (Kind of sad fact for a preacher to admit) But I have heard a few memorable sermons that have stuck with me. One was given way back when I was in college and I think it was Father Tasto and it was given at St. Gertrude's in Forest City and and it was about God's plans for our lives. The other two I'm sharing came here in this sanctuary. Pastor Truman gave a Lenten message called, I believe, “Treasures in the Attic”. He tied the issues of the day to the past in a beautiful way. The third and the one I'm going to be focusing on today is from Judy Holmes. It was given 9 years ago this week. I remember that because her sermon was about our oldest granddaughter Ariel's birthday and the title of it was Ariel's statement, “I Am 5”. And Ariel turned 14 yesterday!
First I looked through today's scripture readings and found some “I ams...” The servant, who's name is never given but Jewish tradition names him Eliezer, announces “I am Abraham's servant.” He went on to tell about Abraham's family and why he was there--to get a wife for Isaac.