"Discipleship" -- Sermon from June 25, 2022


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What do you do? What do you make? How do you use your gifts & passions? Is it a ‘Higher Calling’? We might be too quick to dismiss our career, vocation, or work as unworthy of being a Higher Calling, thinking it is a title reserved for religious professionals. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus’ disciples learn that following Jesus has a high cost. Jesus’ harsh, hyperbolic words might seem to reinforce the idea that being a disciple is only for those willing to accept a Higher Calling. Pastor Chad argues that Jesus was reinforcing the cost of not using your skills, gifts, & passions to serve your community as Jesus calls us each to do. The cost is a broken community where our neighbors go hungry, unloved, alone, or even homeless. And we miss out on the opportunity to experience the joy & fulfillment that comes from generosity & sharing. Whether you are a mechanic, a farmer, or a caregiver you too have a Higher Calling: as a Disciple of Jesus!

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