SERMON TITLE: “Dwelling in God’s House of Dreams”
SERMON TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: October 16, 2016 (Stewardship Drive #1) at First UMC
Back in September, there was a historic home show in Ogden’s east bench area. The tour was on a busy Saturday, so I didn’t get to go. But I thought about it. They were featuring houses built in the late 40s and 50s. Since my own east bench house is from that era, I thought it would be interesting to see what other people were doing to maintain and decorate their homes.
Besides the minimal-traditional, ranch-style, and mid-century-modern style residential houses that were on the tour, there were also two houses of worship. The tour began at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and also included the Congregational United Church of Christ. Both those congregations purchased their land in the 50s and hoped to build sooner than they actually did. The St. Paul Lutherans converted a barn into a school before they got around to constructing their church, and the Congregationalists had to sell off the frontage of their property before they could afford to begin construction. Before their current buildings were dedicated in the early 60s, you could say that both of those congregations spent a number of years dwelling in God’s house of dreams.
Today is the first of four Sundays in which we are going to be talking about “Dwelling in God’s House.” I invite you to consider Genesis 28 with me, as we begin this series with Jacob’s story of dwelling in God’s house of dreams.