October 13, 2019

Give Him Praise
Pentecost 18, Proper 23, Year C

Deacon Cindy Roehl


I cannot start this sermon without sharing with you what a few of us from Good Shepherd experienced this weekend. Pastor Becky and I were joined by your delegates for convention and a few others from here at Good Shepherd and we went to Punta Gorda and attended the Annual Convention of our Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida. Along with seeing some old friends and some really great workshops, the Friday night Eucharist service was wonderful. And I’ve got to say that Bishop Dabney Smith’s talks were, for me, powerful.

The theme of this convention comes in the words of Bishop Smith who reminded us of when “Jesus said about himself, ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12), and Jesus said to those who believed in him, ‘You are the light of the world’ (Matthew 5:14).” Bishop Smith continued, “Briefly, we see the world truly, as it is, in the divine presence of Christ Jesus. And other people see the world, truly, through our faithful following of Jesus. That purpose of true vision requires our discipleship responsibility.”

In one of his messages he talked about how people are drawn to the light, that light of Christ which transforms our world – my world and maybe your world – from chaos to order and from brokenness to healing. I believe that’s why we’re here this morning. We are drawn together to worship in community where we can thank, love, and praise our God.

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