The Order of the Towel

I was honored to again fill the pulpit of our neighborhood church, Church of the Redeemer. This invitation was to fill an urgent need. Now retired, I have deep sermon archives. Coming off the bench as a substitute is what I do these days. And the text was timely.

June 26 was a unique day for public worship, the first Sunday after SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade. Moral Law v. Constitutional Law. As one pastor said, the day called for sober reflection and rejoicing. Across the nation, emotions run high; political divisions run deep. Public squares have filled with celebrations and protests.

What's next in the USA? I don't know. What comes next for Jesus' followers?

John 13:1-17 is a drama in slow motion.

Regardless of political persuasion, what does Jesus expect from all of his followers right now? Jesus models a posture that I call the “Order of the Towel.” By socially scandalous acts and compelling words, Jesus points the way to hope, help, and healing.

The message is here.

Will followers of Jesus embrace and embody Jesus’ love? When faced with personal betrayal and political treachery, this King didn’t cling to rightful status or grasp at political power. Will his followers also stoop, serve, and sacrifice?

Father, forgive us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, renew us.
Reveal your glory through our service.

From @IntlBuzz