Come and See

Sunday, February 26, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, February 26, 2017, the eighth Sunday after the Epiphany and the occasion of Baptism and Covenant Renewal.

Text: John 1:35-51


At a red light the other day, I pulled up behind a car covered in bumper stickers:  “Our God is an awesome God.” “Smile, God loves you.” “Do you follow Jesus this close?” My reaction was swift and visceral.  It was not positive.  And these were benign messages—no “Heaven has extreme vetting” or anything… And yet I had this negative reaction; as I caught myself, I began to wonder why.  After all, I believe that God is awesome, that God loves us, that it’s important to try to follow Jesus [...]