Life and Death

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, March 19, 2017, the third Sunday in Lent.

Text: John 10:1-16


I have my eye on a little piece of land to purchase here in DC.  I pass by it regularly when I take our dog, Harvey, out to play.  Harvey is a member of the K9 Corp at the historic Congressional Cemetery—a dogwalking program whose annual fees help restore and maintain the cemetery.  The land I want to buy is a gravesite and I think it’s perfect.  It’s in this city I love so much and is in a nice spot in the cemetery where the walkways cross, where folks often gather to visit.  There are always dogs playing there.  It has lots of direct light.  I feel about this spot the way pastor and writer Robert Fulghum feels of the place he chose to be buried, “I like being there alive.  It’s a good place to be dead.”[i] 


Anthony (my husband) was a little thrown off when I first [...]