Seekers recognizes that any member of the community may be called upon by God to give us the Word, and thus we have an open pulpit with a different preacher each week. Sermons preached at Seekers, as well as sermons preached by Seekers at other churches or events, are posted here, beginning with the most recent.
Feel free to use what is helpful from these sermons. We only ask that when substantial portions are abstracted or used in a written work, please credit Seekers Church and the author, and cite the URL.
February 28, 2021
The Second Sunday in Lent
Last week Peter Bankson gave us several definitions of grace, including Webster’s, that grace is “unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification.” The quotation from Frederick Buechner in our Lenten theme “Signs of Grace” reminds us that we must reach out and take the grace that is offered.
February 21, 2021
The First Sunday in Lent
Last time I offered the Word here, on the first Sunday of September, we were almost six months into the Coronavirus pandemic, praying to discover some secret that would bring a quick end to the anger and the isolation.
And here we are, six months later, scanning the horizons of our experience, looking for signs of grace that will companion us through the rest of this dark winter of the soul as we learn some painful lessons about how to change our ways of learning to live with isolation and anger. We need to regain our balance and find a new equilibrium, a new solid rock on which to stand while we help our planet heal in ways that will sustain and support a vital, just and peaceful future.
February 14, 2021
The Feast of the Transfiguration
Roy Barber and Elese Sizemore spoke about the history of Bokamoso and the project’s relationship with Seekers. The following is a transcript of their remarks.
Roy began: Thank you, I welcome the opportunity to talk about this group. I guess I’ve been committed to them for about 25 years, through Seekers support.
February 7, 2021
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
The following is a transcript of Larry’s spoken words as recorded on video. The transcriber apologizes for any errors.
Okay, good morning.
As a young boy, I remember seeing my beloved grandmother kneel down, join her hands, close her eyes and pray. It was a silent prayer. I didn’t know what she was saying or thinking. But I knew who she was praying to her love of God, and of her children and her grandchildren was evident in her daily life.
I remember many years ago, working in a tobacco barn. My grandmother looked at me and she gave me the most amazing smile. To my surprise, she was able to save enough money to buy herself a set of dentures. She proudly showed them off to me that day.
Although not a regular churchgoer, she was dedicated to Billy Graham, through radio and television. Just as I saw her kneel down to pray, I also watched her put money in an envelope and mail it to his organization. She believed in him and trusted his word. More importantly, you know, she was an amazing woman. And she taught me to skill and finesse of flipping a pancake without making a mess. I took me a while to get that. Her full name was Helen Sims Rawlings. She passed away on April 8, 1986. You know, I love her and I miss her and I send her this prayer.
January 31, 2021
The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Our theme for this season here at Seekers is “Radiant Hope.” In our Gospel reading this morning, Jesus went to a synagogue in Capernaum, did some teaching, and removed an unclean spirit from a man, restoring him to health.
What’s the hope in this passage? At first glance, I’d say the hope is this: if you’re unhealthy & happen to go to the right synagogue at the right time, God will heal you.
But I want to dig deeper than that. To do so, I need to look at these events in their context. This gospel passage is from the first chapter of Mark. Mark was the first gospel to have been written, and it presents today’s story as the first public appearance in Jesus’s ministry.