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Thomas concludes Week Two sermons with congregation involvement

Thomas concludes Week Two sermons with congregation involvement

The Friday morning worship congregation participated firsthand in the sermon. The Rev. Buzz Thomas preached, then encouraged the congregation to divide among the pews and discuss its ideas for community improvement. Thomas’ conclusion of his Week Two sermon series called “Becoming that City on a Hill.” The Scripture reading was James 1:22.

Thomas began by sharing some successful examples of community improvement and reform. In Denver, Colo., the One Family One Church initiative pairs homeless families with a church congregation to provide support, mentorship and friendship.

“What the government can’t give them is a relationship,” Thomas said. “You can give them that. Love them. Guide them.”

Rev. Thomas: Church-state separation does not mean religion-politics separation

Rev. Thomas: Church-state separation does not mean religion-politics separation

“Some mornings when you’re a preacher … you want to stay in bed because of what God has laid on your heart. And you don’t want to tell it to people because it’s hard to hear,” said the Rev. Buzz Thomas Thursday. “That happened to me this morning.”

Thomas continued his week as chaplain with his sermon, “When a Nation Loses its Way,” drawing from Leviticus 25:8-12.

Thomas quoted a haunting passage from the book of Jeremiah: “An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land. The prophets prophesy falsely, and my people love it. But what will you do at the end of it all?”

If congregants decided to exit the service, Thomas said he would not be offended.

The balancing act of living in two kingdoms

The balancing act of living in two kingdoms

Rev. Buzz Thomas preached about the nature of “dual citizenship” — sharing loyalties between the United States and faith communities — on Wednesday.

Thomas’ sermon was titled “Called to Serve Two Kingdoms: the Challenge of Christian Citizenship.” The readings were Acts 5:27-29, Romans 13:1-4 and Revelation 13:1-9.

Thomas began by reminding the congregation that the U.S. is different from the kingdom of God.

“For most of us, we live on a fault line, right? We have divided loyalties. We’re citizens of two kingdoms,” Thomas said. “Of course we’re citizens of the good old U.S.A., but we are also citizens of the kingdom of God, and how we balance those competing loyalties is the stuff of serious citizenship.”