Sermons by “The Rev. Della Wager Wells”
I know that this is tough to hear. But this is also a time for creativity and imagination, and there are people all around us who are doing amazingly kind things every day. God shows up in our responses to adversity — in our life-giving choices of patience and generosity. We can certainly stay busy counting all the things we can’t do now, or that aren’t safe for us, but I don’t think that we’ll be very happy doing that. But when, through our imagination and creativity, we find joy and wonder in new ways of being together during times of social distancing and quarantine, the glory of God is revealed.View Sermon
The interaction of our sacred and secular calendars is fascinating. As we walk through the last weeks of Epiphany, we are preparing for Lent, our time of holy reflection and contemplation. Lent is the time when we remember Jesus’ preparation in the wilderness before he began his earthly ministry. We are also approaching the order deadline for palms for Palm Sunday, when the church remembers Jesus’ walk into Jerusalem at the beginning of our celebration of Holy Week.
So how do we prepare for our earthly ministry as followers of Jesus, all as our sacred and secular calendars interweave in real time? Shall we order ECO palms or traditional, long palms? ECO palms are essentially fair trade palms, harvested as whole fronds, with individual leaves fanning out like rays from a center spikey stem.View Sermon
This is the week! We will gather on Sunday after the 10:00 service for our Annual Meeting. I have been looking forward to seeing our congregation gathered since my first day at Emmanuel in September!
It has been a whirlwind little over four months — about 19 weeks — and I’ve gone from trying to learn where all the light switches are to the joy of meeting more and more of you individually, and getting to know you better. This is where the really good stuff is — our connections with each other in Christian community, knowing each other and being known, and leaning into our common efforts here at Emmanuel.
I am thankful for the gift of this Emmanuel community. I have learned that Emmanuel is a wonderful, warm, loving, diverse community, even if we don’t all come to the same service or do the same things when we get here. We are a community even if we don’t all come only on Sundays — or never come on Sundays at all.
We’re the body of Christ in community. As the Apostle Paul says, every one of us is an important part of the body, even though we all do different things. We were all baptized in the Holy Spirit into one body with many members, each one doing its part. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
Let’s join in all our happy diversity at the Emmanuel Annual Meeting this coming Sunday, January 19 after the 10:00 service. We will begin with a festive potluck brunch and continue with the business of our lives together in Christ, discussing our resources, our mission, raising up new leaders, and reflecting on our goals in ministry together in this wonderful community of Emmanuel.View Sermon