The past three weekends our family has had the privilege to drop in on three different church communities: Stilwell United Methodist, FirstLight United Methodist, and Jacob's Well. On the first two visits, I was invited to preach on generosity and stewardship, the subject of the devotional guide I wrote, published in May.
I have uploaded the sermon audio from FirstLight United Methodist Faith Community here. You can right-click and "save as" to download the audio. Alternatively, on the click it might play directly in your browser.
Pay attention to the URL. The audio file was creatively titled by a good friend of mine, who will remain unnamed.
I gave a very similar message at Stilwell United Methodist, and here is a link to the audio. The sermon is dated November 4. I was a little more comfortable preaching this material the second time around, so if you're choosing either/or, I'd go with the FirstLight audio. If you give it a listen, feel free to let me know what you think.
I enjoy preaching, though I don't get the opportunity all that often. Thanks to the people at Stilwell and FirstLight for inviting me to join them in worship. Each occasion brought me great joy, and it is my prayer that God would lead you to be increasingly generous, so that I might join you in thanksgiving for what God has done.
As for our visit to Jacob's Well, it was a joy to be present in worship with my family. My son slept soundly, my daughter enjoyed her time in Sunday School, the people were hospitable and friendly, and it was good to chat with a good friend following the service. Molly and I are always blessed when we visit mid-town Kansas City.
In another two weeks, Molly will return from maternity leave to Resurrection West, and we'll be establishing new rhythms with a newborn. I hope to find some space to write and create (more about this later), and to enjoy the winter months in De Soto, as I commonly do. If there are topics you'd like me to touch on, feel free to leave a comment, or drop me a note using the feedback form at right. Conversation is more fun than monologue.
2013 looms; new ventures must begin. I'm hoping for much new life in the coming year.