"The End of the Binge, or, Jesus is My Time-Lord and Savior"
Preached at South Wedge Mission
Rochester, New York
Fifth Sunday of Easter
28 April 2013
Day Texts: Psalm 148
"The end of the binge is the beginning of the story." -Jonathan Franzen
Caveat: I understand the irony in a sermon about time being the longest I've written in awhile. During service it clocked in at 15:30. That being said, the following is a transcription of that proclamation, which seemed to be the most well-received in awhile. So there it is. Enjoy it. You've got time:)
-SO. Here’s a phrase I bet you’ve never, ever, EVER heard, here in Rochester, or anywhere else. Here goes: “Well, you know, I’d love to get together, but you know, I’m just so busy right now.” Ever heard it? It’s like the communal chorus of our collective life here, the theme that carries us all along day in and day out.
-And that’s hard to face, right? I mean, even Doctor Who struggles with ending. Often when he’s about to regenerate and get a brand new life, the version of the Doctor who’s about to die really laments having to pass away. He has to go through a painful transformation to become someone new, as well as to continue on as somehow the same. There is a sense of loss and grief.
-See, that’s the song worth singing. The ending worth accepting. The beginning worth pursuing. We will live fully in this presence, where the world, our place in it, and our time, will be truly occupied. In a way that is worth cherishing. In a way worth committing to. In a way that can only be a gift. And the best is yet to come.