Two Sermons for All Saints and the end of Pentecost

Sermon 1: The last enemy to be destroyed is death

1 Corinthians 15:26

A sermon for All Saints Sunday

Some years ago a pastor was giving a children’s sermon and talking with the children about the fact that eventually we’re all going to die. When he said that, one little boy shot his hand up and said: “I’m not going die!” The whole congregation laughed. That pint-size Prometheus was sure he’d find a way to escape death. Each of us has within us that pint-size Prometheus who says: “Yes, there’s death, but somehow I’m going to escape it.”

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Sermon 2: “He who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

1 Thessalonians 2:8-13

A sermon for the end of the season of Pentecost

Most of us know the story, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” because of the Disney cartoon version, “Fantasia,” starring Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer’s apprentice. The story goes like this. The sorcerer leaves his workshop, leaving his apprentice, Mickey, with chores to do. Tired of fetching water by the pail, the apprentice enchants a broom to do the work for him, using magic in which he is not fully trained. The floor is soon awash with water and the apprentice cannot stop the broom because he doesn’t know the magic required to do so. The brooms multiply, the room floods, and the great music, written over 100 years ago, gives the sense of this growing catastrophe. When all seems lost, the old sorcerer returns and quickly breaks the spell.

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