Intersections: God’s Stories – Our Stories

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 9:30am - Livestream Worship


“When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” Fred Rogers

Dear SDUMC Family,

I’ve always been a fan of action movies and superheroes and just the overall concept of the big story of ‘good vs. evil.’ When I was a child, we lived near a little bookstore where I used my paper route money to buy my comic books, and I would read them over and over. Even today, some thirty/forty years later (who is counting), I still like to catch a blockbuster action movie in the summer (you might even find a few pieces of superhero memorabilia in my office). Of course, that’s not happening this year… Even after all these years, the reason this made-up world is so popular with children (and kids-at-heart) is that we all need heroes. Heroes make us believe in possibility and cause us to look for hope, help, and encouragement.

The dictionary defines a hero as: ‘a legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability; a person admired for their achievements and noble qualities; one that shows great courage; an object of admiration and devotion.’ Maya Angelou said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” I believe we continue to need heroes today. Of course, they are not just individuals with and “S” on their chests; instead, they are women and men we can look up to and believe in.

Jesus shared it in this way, “…You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God…” (Matthew 5:14-16 The Message)

In the summer of 1986, my friends and I thought we were going to catch and action movie (we had only looked at the title) and ended up seeing a movie that changed the way I saw the world. The movie was The Mission, and it gave me a new understanding of my calling to be God’s light to the world.

I look forward to being with you on Livestream at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning (or later in the day). Sarah Amos and Peter Ko will bring us some amazing music from The Mission, and the SDUMC Choir has two beautiful pieces to remind us of God’s love for each of us. I hope you will join me as we remind ourselves that we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our world. Be the hero you were designed to be. The world is waiting for us!

Grace and Peace,

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