August 21, 2016

Sermon by the Rev. Amanda Currie Listen to this Sermon Luke 9:46-56 Acts 17:16-34 John 8:2-11 “The Fruit of the Spirit is GENTLENESS” Parents and teachers well know the challenge of trying to guide children towards right behaviour, discipline, respect, and good relations with their neighbours. It has been a challenge in every generation to teach our children how to live well, instilling in them good values and self-discipline to help them through life. As I talked about with the children this morning, our methods of discipline in school have changed over time, probably for the better, as we’ve moved away from corporal punishment towards more gentle methods. But as many of us have experienced, if we don’t use any form of discipline consistently, it usually leads to chaotic classrooms and children with very short attention spans and even less regard for others. I’m no expert on discipline, and I would defer to some of the teachers in our congregation as to what works best today for children of various ages. But as a minister, I would like to suggest this morning that God – as our loving Parent, our heavenly Father, our nurturing Mother, our divine Teacher – God wants to teach us God’s own loving ways, and perhaps struggles similarly with how to discipline us. Even those of us who might get a good mark for effort are still struggling day-by-day to follow the basic commandments that God has set for us. And when we stop trying (which … Read more »