The Quixotic Pastor

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Inspiration from MLK Jr.

This Sunday, both churches will have outdoor worship services at the homes/farms of church members followed by potlucks.

The services will be different from the usual, as one could imagine. The sermon time will feature more of a discussion centered around questions like these:

If you could do anything at all to make a difference in people's lives, what would it be?

What do you want to be remembered for?

What epitaph would you want on your tomb?

What gift would you give to God? [I know it's not Christmas, but think of the Magi and --if you must-- the Little Drummer Boy ...]

Some of the texts I am considering using are:
Possible Legacy Texts: Matthew 13:44-46 [selling all one has for the kingdom]
Matthew 26:13||Mark 14:9
[woman who is remembered for anointing Jesus]
I Cor 3:10-15 [hmmmm]

But here's the really awesome stuff I read today. I'm thinking of utilizing these quotes from MLK Jr. for a Contemporary Witness selection:

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."
-----Speech in Detroit, June 23, 1963

"The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society."
-----Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

"The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important."
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)

"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well."

There is a method to my madness with this ... but I'm not going to say more about it at this point.

In the meantime, in about an hour, DH will arrive home, and I will drive her to the local Hyundai dealership where she is going to buy an Accent.

As a social worker who drives all over 5 or 6 counties, she really needs something more gas efficient than her Ford F-150 With The Biggest V-8 Gasoline Engine Ford Has Ever Made. That works great for hauling stuff and towing the 5th wheel ... but not for driving all over God's Creation.


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