SERMON TITLE: “Sewing for Life” (“Fifty Days for the Earth” Series)
SERMON TEXT: Acts 9:36-43
PREACHER: Rev. Kim James
OCCASION: May 10, 2020 (Mother’s Day) at First UMC
During this 50-day season between Easter and Pentecost, I’ve been preaching a series of sermons that reflect not only our Christian belief in the resurrection but also our responsibility in regard to the revitalization of the earth. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it seemed like a good idea to spend these 50 days connecting our faith with the Mother Earth upon which God created us. As I pondered resurrection and earth and then added in Mother’s Day to the mix, I came up with the Bible story that Steve read to us from Acts chapter nine. The scripture doesn’t tell us that Tabitha, who was also known as Dorcas, was a mother, but chances are pretty good that she was. This woman in the early Christian movement was certainly one who provided for and nurtured her community, specifically with her sewing of clothes.
I know for many of us, sewing is an activity we can associate with our own mothers and the mothering we have done for our families. I think sewing also has some lessons to teach us about a life of faith on this planet. So, this morning, I invite you to become engaged in sewing for life.