Text: Philippians 4:4-7
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This Sunday’s sermon is very different. It’s a retelling of a classic tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne and then a brief summary of lessons learned in bullet fashion. What makes it different is that this story displays the exact opposite of what St. Paul is trying to say in our text from Philippians. Better, it shows what can happen if we ignore the wisdom of Philippians 4.
When Jesus was confronted by the religious leaders of his time with tricky questions, he almost always responded with a good story. I hope you enjoy hearing this sermon as much as I enjoyed writing it.