A Third Giant Leap and a word to Seniors
Now The Old Fool invites you to take a third giant leap with him. This time we’ll leap from the days of Jesus and the early church to our own time and place, the scenario we share. The three leaps may have left most of us exhausted, shocked, and dismayed. We have more questions with fewer answers than before. The Old Fool believes a sermon is supposed to rouse questions that make an audience think.
First, The Old Fool invites the senior members of the congregation to remember and think along with him. Some of you may be in a funk because you believe that you are of no account to anyone anymore. The Old Fool wishes to rouse you to remember and communicate. You can enrich the church by telling your long memories.
Do you recall a Mennonite church where the women wore coverings, cape dresses, black stockings, no jewelry, not even wedding bands, and most men wore plain suits, hats without dents or creases? Do you remember when the men and women sat on separate sides of an auditorium; a congregation’s worship was limited to four-part singing without instruments? Do you remember when the church began to organize for the education of its youth, and give mission and service opportunities to them?
If you remember, The Old Fool believes you are obligated to talk about the memories. The Old Fool told you his preaching would be autobiographical and now you, too, must unashamedly talk about the changes in your own life when you preach Jesus. Join The Old Fool in confessing that some trusted Biblical texts have proven to be misunderstood and misused, and in warning that the same tragedy may befall the church today.
In the next segment of his sermon 8, The Old Fool has a word for the middle aged.