Acts 17 22:31
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said,
“For we too are his offspring.”
29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’
John 14 18:19
‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
Sermon Title: “What Next?”
Memorial Day marks the cultural beginning of summer. As we turn our attention to the out-of-doors, to gardening, to vacations, and to a different pace we might wonder, “What next?” There are also significant events in our lives and in the world that lead us to ask the same question. What next…now that my son has graduated from college or my daughter has finished high school? What next now that the legislature has asked Minnesotans to vote on amending our constitution to define marriage in a way that will limit the freedom of GLBT people? What next now that my spouse has left me, my parents cannot take care of themselves or I’ve lost my job?
What next? Can our relationship with God sustain us in all the “What next?” moments of life?
How might these lessons from scripture help us?