This sermon was part of our Intergenerational Worship Service today, where our youngest and our oldest and our everyone-in-between stayed in worship together for the whole service. This is why there are occasional pauses in the sermon where I reference Henry’s dino, or Gabriel’s rainbow – it is important for us to teach our young people that they are part of us, and wanted and valued in our space just as they are! There is also a pause in the recording where I turn off my microphone to talk to our younger folks about the art they’re making – don’t worry, your sound isn’t broken, it’s a quick recording pause.

Many thanks to Bonnie Trafford for reading scripture today.

Works Cited:

The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber has shared in several platforms about her invitation to new members to decide what they will do when the church disappoints them. When I am quoting her in this sermon, I am quoting from an interview she gave with Krista Tippett in an “On Being” episode published October 23, 2014 titled “Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace.” You can listen to this episode here.

And, just for fun, real photos of our layers of wallpaper: