SERMON TITLE: “A Summer Road Trip: A Highway to Service”
SERMON TEXT: Luke 10:25-37
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: August 16, 2020, at First UMC
On August 1, in The Standard Examiner, there was an article about the road construction project on 20th Street between Washington and Harrison. The reporter wrote, “For most residents living along the heavily torn up section of 20th Street . . . , the work there could presumably be described as an unpleasant but necessary inconvenience. But for 2-year-old Lucus Colledge, it might as well be Christmas.”
The reporter then went on to explain that the road construction crew had noticed that the little boy was truly fascinated with their work. Every day Lucas was outside his house watching them with great interest. So the workers figured that they should do something to help the two-year old develop his potential road construction skills. The Geneva Rock employees then pooled their money and “bought the child a variety of construction toys—a tractor, a loader, blocks, hard hat, vest and more.”1 In this weird time of coronavirus, when so much is beyond our control, that kind act of service was something the road workers could do to help Lucas, his family, and themselves all feel better.
Our theme this month is “A Summer Road Trip.” Since COVID-19 has limited where we can go, we’re venturing forth on some biblical roads. On August 2, the prophet Isaiah described for us the sights along “A Highway to Hope.” On August 9, the story of Naomi and Ruth provided us a road map for “A Highway to Home.” With the Good Samaritan story as our guide today, I invite you to travel along on “A Highway to Service.”