The “I” in Sing

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC October 15, 2017, the second sermon in the series: “I Am Foundry: Voices in Harmony.”

Texts:  Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20


“Who do people say that I am?”  Have you ever consciously stopped to ask yourself that question?  If not, think about it for just a minute…who do people say that you are?  What do you suppose guides others in their perceptions of you?  What guides you in your perceptions of others?  Who do people say that I am? is a question of identity and relationship and how it gets answered makes a difference in our lives.


One of the great needs of all humans is to be understood, to be accepted, to be loved just exactly for who we are.  The great spiritual writer Henri Nouwen speaks of this as the need to be “fully received” or unconditionally loved.[i]  Most of us spend our whole life searching for a person [...]