Sermon by The Rev. Robert K. Gieselmann
“God in the Gap”
Sunday, September 3, 2017
“Sometimes I think about life and the nature of life and how people get stuck – or just can’t quite let go – and how they hang onto life as though the nature of life isn’t transient, and as though they aren’t going to lose it all in the end anyway – like, you can’t take it with you – and I wonder why they hang on so tightly – I know it can be tough – but I also know the promise is equally bright. God’s invitation to Moses was a let-go invitation – to … trust.” From The Rev. Robert K. Gieselmann’s sermon on September 3, 2017.
The Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28
Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”