Pastor Wes points out that these days people want to avoid wilderness. They want to be able to skip any preparation part of the season. But it is important to experience the wilderness for in the wilderness we hear a word of hope and justice.
Pastor Wes took the story of Martha and Mary. He points out we have misunderstood it for the past 1800 years. Pastor says Jesus is really telling Martha to use her talents to God's glory without a sidewards glance. He then relates how Judy was Martha, aways working to make things better for people: her family. her congregation and people around the world. Pastor concludes that Judy was/is a parable of love much like the quilts she would help make. Now God has surrounded her with his love and has called her home.
The Sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, 1 December 2013. While the first world is so desperately pursuing "stuff" these days, what it really needs is for God's light to come into the World, Pastor Wes reminds us that as children of that light our job is be that light in the world today.
On Christ the King Sunday we want to hear of a King that comes in all his glory who will vanquish all powers and principalities. But today we hear of a King that hangs on a cross. Pastor Wes says he prefers a King who shows care, love and mercy, who is willing to enter the human experience by hanging on that cross.
We all have Apocalyptic Moments, when it seems everything is crashing down around us. Pastor Wes reminds us that when we are experiencing such times we need to take the long view and know that Jesus is coming. He is going to establish a kingdom of justice and things will be made right.