"Making an Idol of Yourself"

Proper 13.C.2019
Luke 12:13-21
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

When Roy DeLamotte was chaplain at Paine College in Georgia, he preached the shortest sermon in the college’s history. However, he had a rather long topic: “What does Christ Answer When We Ask, “Lord, What’s in Religion for Me?” The complete content of his sermon was one word: “Nothing.” He later explained that the one word sermon was meant for people brought up in what he referred to as the ‘gimme-gimme’ gospel. When asked how long it took him to prepare the message, he said, “Twenty years.”

"Don't Let the Grass Grow On Your Path"

Proper 12.C.2019
Genesis 18:20-32, Luke 11:1-13
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

Early African converts to Christianity were earnest and regular in their private devotions. It was customary for each individual to have a separate place where they would go to pour out their hearts to God. Over time, the paths to these private places of prayer became well worn. As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect their life of prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. They would kindly remind the negligent one, “Brother/or Sister, the grass grows on your path.”