"Don't Grow Weary In Doing What Is Good"

The Reverend Rick Sosbeby The Reverend Rick Sosbe

Delivered at the MCC Board of Elders Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on August 24, 2006

Scripture:Galatians 6:1-10

When I was first asked to share a devotional with the MCC Board of Elders, I felt very blessed to receive the invitation. But after accepting, I began to think to myself, "What in the world do you share with the entire leadership of your denomination?"  So I immediately went to prayer, asking God to direct my thoughts in terms of what to share.


Meditation on Love - I Corinthians 13

Sermon preached by Mario Ribas at De Goede Hoop Metropolitaanse Gemeenskapskerk
CAPE TOWN – 14th of May, 2006

Today I want to reflect with you on Love. The text of Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 13 is quite stimulating in what regards love as he presents us a completely different understanding of what love is all about. This letter he wrote actually was destined to the Corinthians, in Greece, and in the Greek language there are three different words to describe Love, which are: Eros, Phillia and Agape. 'In English the word ‘love’ comes from the Germanic form of Sanskrit Lubh, which actually means ‘desire’, therefore making the word rather broadly defined, and hence imprecise, which generates first order problems of definition and meanings'. We use this word for our friendships, family, for things when we say - I’d love to drive this car - I love this food - and also for our sexual encounters, we use the expression “making love with somebody.” The word ‘love’ is therefore corrupted by all the nuances attached to it.

Perhaps then, the Greeks words for love would help us to have a clearer understanding of what love actually means.

Building An Easter Movement

A Sermon by the Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson

Delivered at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, Houston, Texas, on April 30, 2006

Scripture: Acts 3: 1-16

Greetings. It is a joy to worship with you in this season of Easter, this season of Resurrection!

As Rev. Elder Freda Smith, a wonderful MCC pioneer, is fond of saying, "MCC is the most exciting church since the Book of Acts!"

I love the Book of Acts. It offers a little glimpse into the tumultuous and often chaotic times of the earliest church. I see Metropolitan Community Churches all through the Book of Acts, which is the history book of the New Testament. It includes the story of Pentecost (this year is the 100th anniversary of the Azusa Street Revival that launched the modern Pentecostal movement) and MCC's Pentecostal roots are very important for us. In fact, this weekend, in Southern California, there is an LGBT-friendly celebration of  that 100th anniversary. I believe that the power of the Holy Spirit that came on Pentecost is the same power that gave Rev. Troy Perry the courage and freedom to start MCC.

God, In Your Grace, Transform The World

This sermon by The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches, contains reflections on MCC's participation in the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
Sermon Delivered on March 6, 2006

Baptized and Beloved

by The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches
Delivered at Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, on January 8, 2006

Baptism, in the Christian faith, is about beginnings and initiation.
I am sure that's why the creators of the lectionary paired the story of Jesus' baptism by John with the first few words of the story of creation itself, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Years ago, my friend and MCC LA staff clergy, Rev. Carlos Jones preached from Genesis, "In the beginning...God!"

Christmas-Sermon: Nothing is impossible with God

by The Reverend Nancy L. Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

Text: Luke 1:26 to 38

Dear Friends:
Our gospel text for today is the very familiar story of the Annunciation, in which the angel Gabriel appears to Mary.
And this story reminds me that one of the great gifts of MCC to me over the past 33 years has been to open my heart and spirit to the belief that angels really do speak to us.
On that day long ago, Gabriel spoke three "words" to Mary. I believe they are words we need to hear today.

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