Here, There and Everywhere - 11/03/2013

All Saint’s Sunday

Sermon Text:  1 John 3:2 ~ Matthew 5:1-12 ~ Hebrews 12:1-2

   I just love the old “Far Side” cartoons. One of my favorites is a cartoon that has God standing in the middle of a shopping mall in front of one of those gigantic mall maps. God is reaching down and pressing the “where are you” button and the map is lighting up and saying, “You are here, and here, and here, and here, and here…”
   As Christians we believe that about God. We believe that God is EVERYWHERE all of the time. Yet when we say that … we don’t really know exactly what it means. It has to do with God’s mysterious “otherness,” God’s incomprehensible omnipresence. That’s tough stuff to get your head around! Nevertheless, we’ve come a long way from the days when our ancestors believed God resided in the Arch of the Covenant, or in the Temple or in a particular part of the land.
   And so, as people came to know God better … they came to understand that God was not restricted to their LAND or their TEMPLE or even to THEM. They came to understand that God is God of ALL … ALL LANDS and ALL PEOPLES.
   By the time Jesus came and revealed God most fully and most personally to humanity … we came to understand that God was not only everywhere all the time, but God’s presence also worked IN and THROUGH people! We came to realize that this is God’s PREFERENCE … working IN and THROUGH human beings … people just like US who make up the Church.
   That’s the gist of All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day is the day in the life of the Church where we intentionally remember that God does indeed work through human beings like our ancestors and human beings like you and me. On All Saints’ Day we remember that God’s presence, although everywhere all the time, is often made MOST real and MOST tangible when communicated through ordinary people right HERE … THERE … and EVERYWHERE!
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