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Sermon Notes

January 28, 2018
4th Sunday after the Epiphany




Fellow Asburians: The Men's Group will meet this Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Youth Room, upstairs at Asbury Memorial.

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Billy opens Sunday's sermon, "Many Voices, One Spirit", with a story of an early Asbury member named Suzie. The story revolves around a very giving and generous person, who, as Billy found out later, suffered from Multiple Personality Disorder. Billy then talks about proposed long term therapy for the disorder that would allow the individual to unite the personalities and hold the thoughts and emotions of the various personalities in tension within one personality. Not that different from each of us who have different and competing thoughts about an issue with some dominant thought prevailing and becoming our opinion. Billy cautions us, that as the person with multiple personalities must hold the thoughts of competing personalities within one personality, so must we be open to different thoughts, views and opinions and hold them in tension if necessary with our own views. By doing this we grow, by not being able to see things in new ways we get stuck, and don't grow.

As an example to this open thinking, Billy talks humorously about one of Asbury's long time members, Helen Downing. Helen is proposing to bring in Jesse Cole, the owner of the Savannah Bananas and his yellow tuxedo to open her latest book study, "Find Your Yellow Tux." As he ends his sermon, he uses a young Billy Hester as a competing example of closed mindedness. In the 1970, Christians started a movement about how to get into heaven. The name of the movement was "One Way" and Billy proudly and defiantly wore this "One Way" sticker on his football helmet.

Billy closes his sermon asking us to silent so we can listen to and embrace the stories and views of others. Isaiah 45:7 says that the Lord "forms the light and creates the darkness, makes peace and creates evil." As you contemplate that scripture, ask yourself if you can embrace competing narratives in tension with your own narrative for the time required to find peace?

Love and Blessings,
Dwight



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