It's All About Love and "All" Means "All"

Video of sermon preached at the Sunshine Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church in Ft. Lauderdale on 14 March 2010. (The lessons are below the sermon clip - click the Read more link)

You can also view Prof. Gafney preaching the sermon here (larger size video): http://sermons.sunshinecathedral.org/2010/all-means-all

Psalm 36

5AGELESS ONE, as far as the heavens is the expanse of your faithful love,
your faithfulness extends as far as the clouds.

6Your righteousness is like the mountains of God,
your justice like the great womb of the deep;
you are the savior of humankind and animalkind, COMPASSIONATE ONE.

7How precious is your faithful love, O God!
The woman-born take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

8They drink deeply from the richness of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your bliss.

9For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

10Draw out your faithful love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart.

 

Luke 15

11“There was a person who had two grown children. 12The younger of them said to one parent, ‘Give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So the property was divided between them. 13A few days later the younger one gathered every personal possession and traveled to a distant country, and there squandered everything in dissolute living. 14When everything was spent, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and the young traveler began to be in need. 15So the new immigrant went to one of the citizens of that country to be hired. The citizen, a pig farmer, sent the desperate young traveler to the fields to feed the pigs. 16The poor immigrant would have gladly feasted on the pods that the pigs were eating; but no one offered even one. 17Then the poor sojourner had a moment of self-reflection and clarity and said, ‘How many of my parents’ hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my parents, and I will say to them, “Mother, Father, 19I am no longer worthy to be called your child; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 20So the determined traveler set off and went home. But while still far off, one of the parents saw their child and was filled with tender love; their adult child ran and embraced them and kissed them. 21Then the repentant child said, ‘Mother, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your child.’ 22But one parent said to the slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe — the best one; bring a ring and bring sandals and put them all on my child. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this child of mine was dead and is alive again; my child was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.”

 

Congregational Affirmations:

The Good News Affirmed

God is Love.

I see God’s love in Jesus’ never-ending life.

I see God’s love in my life.

I see God’s love in every life.

God’s love comforts, strengthens, and sustains me now.

God’s love is all-inclusive.

And all means all.

Amen.

The Good News Repeated

“God is love, but get it in writing.” Gypsy Rose Lee

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