Sermon Series

Homesick

 

Overview:    After three months of the shelter order, are you sick of being stuck at home?  A little too much family time?  Can’t go to your favorite restaurant or shop at the mall?  How about a hug or a handshake?  We may all be sick of home, but the reality is, we are truly homesick.  The Bible tells us that we were created for eternity.  We are in this world but not of it.  That’s what our souls long for. . .home.  And periodically, God gives us a glimpse, a scent or a touch of this place where we belong.  It is for that, that we are homesick.

May 31 (Pentecost)    The Sound of Home

The Holy Spirit has been called “The Forgotten God.”  Today, Pentecost, we celebrate the gift and the power of the Holy Spirit with the sound of the rush of a mighty wind.  With that sound, you know that you are home.  The Spirit is present.  And you belong.  Where do you hear the sound of the Holy Spirit today?  What is the voice of the Holy Spirit?  How does it make you homesick?   Texts:  Acts 2:1-8, 12-21 NIV;  John 3:1-8 NIV

 

June 7                    The Taste of Home

What does home taste like?  Your grandmother’s recipe for apple pie?  Your mother’s famous pot roast?  The hamburgers that your dad brings in from the grill?  We all have tastes that bring us right back to home, surrounded by family, sitting at a place where you belong.  Scripture tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good!   Texts:  Isaiah 25:6-10a;  Psalm 34:810;  John 2:1-11

June 14                     The Smell of Home

Social scientists tell us that the smell is the most powerful sense to trigger our memories.  It’s a perfume that your mom wore.  The smell of oil and tools of your dad’s garage.  The sweet tobacco smell in your grandfather’s pipe.  What smells trigger your memories and make you homesick?  No wonder that when the Bible talks about our prayers, it describes them as incense rising up before the Lord, pleasing to his nostrils, reminding him that we are his and that he is ours.  Texts:  Psalm 141:1-4 2 Corinthians 2:14-17;  John 12:1-8

                                   

June 21 (Fathers’ Day)     The Touch of Home

Touch at home can range from a loving embrace to a spanking, from a goodnight kiss on the cheek to inappropriate behavior.  Touch can go both ways and unlock memories both good and bad. On this Fathers’ Day, we will look at the story of the Prodigal Son.  When this wayward child returns, of all the gifts that his father gives him, from a ring to shoes to a robe to a fatted calf, it was touch of his father’s embrace that told him he was home.   Texts:  Luke 15:11-24; 

 

June 28                    The Sight of Home

 

What do you picture in your mind when you hear the word, “home?”  The outside of your childhood house?  The tree fort in the back yard?  Your bedroom?  When Jesus talks about heaven, he doesn’t use imagery of angels and harps and soft clouds.  It’s a house with a bedroom just for you.  Can you see it?  Are you homesick, yet?   Texts:   2 Corinthians 5:1-5;  Revelation 21:1-5;  John 14:1-6