by M. Kenneth Lyon

Stable Thinking, Tarnished Tinsel, and Crooked Stars
M. Kenneth Lyon
Mark 13:26-37
December 5, 1999

What an interesting passage of Scripture to have read right before a sermon. Keep awake! I think that's wonderful. These past two Sundays have been remarkable times for me and poignant times as well, but remarkable because two Sundays ago I was privileged to be at Lake Junaluska with the Confirmation class--55 young people and Madeline Merrill's team of counselors in an immersion week- end where they were learning about the roots of Methodism. But most importantly of all, they were learning about God's claim and invitation for each of their lives. It was such a highly impactful time for both those young people and for me because I know of no higher privilege than to share the Gospel and particularly for young persons as they enter into a stage of life where they're going to be confronted on every side with all kinds of choices, temptations, and invitations to do things that are not in their best interest. So I say thank you to all of those of you who were involved in that confirmation class and on an ongoing basis are working with our youth and other young people, inviting them to life in Christ. And then the second Sunday, last Sunday--we always take family time, that Sunday after Thanksgiving--to be with my extended family on Lydia's side. We just packed that house at Lake Junaluska and have the best time, raucous time, just enjoying each other's company and celebrating those tough tender tenacious ties of love that in positive healthy families are so nurturing and sustaining. So I came home just all charged up and ready, grateful that I have the opportunity to be one of the pastors in this great church. Thank you for the community of faith that we have and the mission that we get to share together.

But I confess to you that I also came back home, facing one of the most daunting tasks that I face in life--Christmas decorating. I am not one of those per ...

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