Hungry Heart

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5:6

I’m going to talk about music. Indulge me for a moment. The first time I heard Bruce Springsteen was back in the early ˊ80’s when a tune called Hungry Heart was played on the BBC Radio 1. Springsteen wasn’t a big deal in the UK back then, but I remember this song sticking for some reason. It was the first of his to get near the UK charts. It sounds like a very upbeat, happy pop song, but when you listen to the lyrics, they are quite dark and speak of a longing within us that we need fulfilled but somehow are not able to. I think it connected with many folk, who saw beyond the pop tune.

The Rolling Stones connected with an earlier generation with their song, Satisfaction, that had a very similar theme: “I try and I try and I try and I try; I can’t get no satisfaction.” I know some of you have that riff stuck in your head now. You are welcome. Read full sermon here (PDF)

Light My Way

Sermon Text:  John 20:1-18

Our journey to Easter morning this week has led us from a Palm Sunday celebration where, incidentally, I should have realized every time I said “donkey,” you would think of Shrek. We then experienced a very meaningful Maundy Thursday service, where many took part in our prayer vigil, and our thoughtful Good Friday service. We have travelled well. We have experienced the emotions of Holy Week. We traveled through those dark days so that the joy of Easter morning finds its proper context. The joy of the Risen Lord finds its context in the pain and sorrow that leads to resurrection. We do not expect to hear more about darkness on Easter morning. Instead it is a time of sunrise, light and brightness....Read full sermon here (PDF)