I had planned that I would continue the Plain Jane sermon series this morning. I had also thought I would teach the children a little about Pentecost during the children’s moments. When I woke up this morning I knew I didn’t have either in me. My mind was full of Jared Black and all the other students of Santa Fe High School along with two substitute teachers who were killed on Friday. This really hit close to home. I served as pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Santa Fe, TX for three years. Though I have been gone for a number of years when something like this happens you quickly realize the depth of your community ties. I baptized Jared while I was there. The news of his death was quite a surprise.
In the end, I ended up talking to the children about confirmation and preaching a sermon of sorts about what I was feeling in the aftermath of the Santa Fe shooting.
The video from this morning’s service is below.
Scripture Readings from Sunday Worship
130 I cry out to you from the depths, Lord—
2 my Lord, listen to my voice!
Let your ears pay close attention to my request for mercy!
3 If you kept track of sins, Lord—
my Lord, who would stand a chance?
4 But forgiveness is with you—
that’s why you are honored.
5 I hope, Lord.
My whole being[a] hopes,
and I wait for God’s promise.
6 My whole being waits for my Lord—
more than the night watch waits for morning;
yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!
7 Israel, wait for the Lord!
Because faithful love is with the Lord;
because great redemption is with our God!
8 He is the one who will redeem Israel
from all its sin. (Psalm 130:1-8, Common English Bible)
Where could I go to get away from your spirit?
Where could I go to escape your presence?
8 If I went up to heaven, you would be there.
If I went down to the grave, you would be there too!
9 If I could fly on the wings of dawn,
stopping to rest only on the far side of the ocean—
10 even there your hand would guide me;
even there your strong hand would hold me tight!
11 If I said, “The darkness will definitely hide me;
the light will become night around me,”
12 even then the darkness isn’t too dark for you!
Nighttime would shine bright as day,
because darkness is the same as light to you! (Psalm 139:7-12. Common English Bible).
8 Above all, show sincere love to each other, because love brings about the forgiveness of many sins. (1 Peter 4:8, Common English Bible)