PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
October 15, 2017
Please note: There'll be no summary the week of Oct. 22 due to the pastor's vacation
This week was Seuss Sunday and during worship we read the story, "Horton Hears a Who!" In this story, Horton is intent on protecting the "Who's" in "Whoville" despite the ridicule he receives from others. Horton insists that "A person's a person no matter how small."
In our gospel lesson this week (Matthew 22:1-14), Jesus tells "The Parable of the Wedding Banquet." In this story, after the first group of invitees declines the invitation, the king tells his servants to invite everyone to the banquet, but one of the guests doesn't change for the party.
In this story, Jesus reminds us that God invites us all to the party and that God expects that when we go to God's party that we'll change. That we'll be less like the rest of the world, less like those who ridiculed Horton and more like Horton, more like God wants us to be, more concerned for others, more caring, more loving, more peaceful and more forgiving.
May it be so, may we be more like Horton. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.