- Habakkuk 2:1-3
- Revelation 21:1-7
- Jeremiah 31:31-34
The Sermon title is Que Sera Sera...
Early Thoughts: There is a tradition (more strongly recognized in some churches than in others) that the Sunday before (or closest to) October 31 is a day to celebrate the Reformation [because according to tradition October 31 is the date on which Martin Luther launched the Reformation by posting his 95 theses]. But Reformation Sunday is not just about remembering the saints of the past, it is also about asking what Reformation is happening/could be/should be happening in the church of the present. Because Reformation is a constantly ongoing process.
Reformation is a challenging business. It makes us uncomfortable. We are the inheritors (in part) of a Spiritual tradition that prized life being lived "decently and in good order". True Reformation often is neither decent not orderly. True reforming of our lives, our understandings, our structures is a messy, disorderly, untidy business. In the process there are ragged edges, there are things we might find irritating or unwanted but that we need to hold on to for a while to see where they get to.
And in the end it is not us who is in control. [Which may be the most unsettling aspect of the whole process.] We certainly want to be in control, to shape the process, to work towards some pre-determined goal. But we are the church. As people of faith we claim the Someone Else is in control. And so to a degree part of being reformed is letting go, is learning to live -in trust- with some disorder, is waiting for the first signs of new fruit. And in the end....what will be will be.