Do We Believe It is Good News?

A sermon delivered to the Presbytery of Lake Michigan on March 11, 2017 by the Rev. Sarah Schmidt-Lee Scripture: John 3:1-17 Good morning all! It’s good to be with you today. I’ve had a friend from college visiting with me this week, and it’s been delightful to catch up with her–to find out what has…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Humility Gardening helps me understand the balance between right action and humility about the results. I don’t get lettuce if I don’t plant seeds and tend them with water and weeding, but even when I do everything “right” I have little control over which seeds germinate, how fast or slowly they grow, whether or not…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Truth Inner Peace begins with honest self-reflection. I cannot experience peace within myself until I accept the truth about myself. The truth of my wounds; the truth of my beauty; the truth of my flaws; the truth of my limits; the truth of my strength; the truth of my courage.

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

For Week 1 of Lent, all of our prompts are connected to the theme of Inner Peace. Beloved Knowing that we are beloved by God may not lead to comfort or security. Like Jesus, our very next steps may lead into the wilderness. What does it mean to you to be beloved? Does it give…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Known How does Jesus make God known to you? In my experience, it is usually through the love of other people. Here’s the crazy part. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the other people believe in God or not. When I have friends committed to knowing and caring for each other, I experience God there….

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Rejoice It is easy for me to rejoice on warm sunny days. As I ponder what it means to rejoice in the Lord always, I think of my seven-year-old daughter who lost a tooth this morning. Finding joy in the small events of every day is a start. Last night I had an intergenerational prayer…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Endure What do you see in the world that endures? What lasts a life-time or longer? What does it mean to you that God endures longer than any of these things?

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Mercy On this Ash Wednesday, I am grateful for the waters of Baptism–a tangible reminder of God’s mercy toward me–a mercy that precedes my recognition that I need it.

Extravagant Love, John 12:1-8 (Sermon for March 17th, 2013)

My husband, Barrett and I were married in December of 2004, and three months later, my grandfather died, unexpectedly. We were in school in Vancouver, and when I got news that my grandfather died, in New Orleans, I was disappointed to find out that my parents assumed I would not make it to his funeral….

Unconditional Love

We’re going to do things a little differently this morning. All through Lent, we’re looking at ways that Jesus teaches us about love, and this parable is huge, and deep, and all about love. It’s about love so big and so tenacious that it’s hard to fathom. So, rather than me standing up here and…