“When Nelson Mandela walked out of prison after 27 years, he knew that he had to leave the bitterness behind or he would still be in prison,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale. “The Father of the Nation [of South Africa] had to resist the urge of revenge. He needed to provide an example of forgiveness.”
“If we are honest, we have spent the better part of our lives trying to get the approval of others. No matter what stage of life or station in life, it is what we long for,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale. She preached at the 9:15 a.m. Thursday worship service. Her sermon title was “How to Win God’s Approval” and the scripture text was Hebrews 11:1-6.
“Sometimes preachers like to talk to a specific group of people and invite the rest of you to listen in. I am going to preach to the golden girls and guys today,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale at the morning worship service Wednesday.
“My ancestors responded to the slave experience by expressing their feelings and faith in song,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale during her sermon, “Have You Got Good Religion?” at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Tuesday. “Spirituals were the soul of a people in a dark, dehumanizing place with a cold, cruel master. Their faith is evidenced in song, and at the end of the day they would steal away to Jesus and preach their souls happy.”
“Jesus, the master of the art of living, was trying to teach his Disciples about kingdom living — living on earth as if they were already in heaven,” the Rev. Cynthia Hale said. “The Disciples were dependent on Jesus, and he was trying to teach them how to negotiate life without him. Prayer was and still is the key — to pray and not give up.”
“Tripping is the emotional default of most of us; we are all tripped out about something most of the time,” said the Rev. Cynthia Hale during her sermon, “Why Are You Tripping?” at the 10:45 a.m. morning worship service Sunday.
“This is one of my most precious passages in the Bible,” said the Rev. Allan Aubrey Boesak about Romans 8:31-38. “We don’t know who planted the church in Rome, but it was not Paul. However, he had a burning longing to see them.”
“When I was young, I was taught this song at revival meetings. We sang it with great conviction and even changed the last line to ‘We call him by his real name,’ ” said the Rev. Allan Aubrey Boesak at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Thursday.
“It was not surprising that John the Baptist ended up in prison. Speaking truth to power brings confrontation,” said the Rev. Allan Aubrey Boesak at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Wednesday. “The prophet ends up in chains, set aside to be dealt with.”
“Have you ever noticed how people think a person is bright, wise and intelligent because they have power, are on TV, hold a political position or have a title?” asked the Rev. Allan Aubrey Boesak at the 9:15 a.m. morning worship service Tuesday. “We think they must be clever, and so we hold them in high esteem.”