The sermon this week was based around a series of signs I hung around my neck, each with a word or two on it.  These words are each ways in which I could identify myself.  Some are chronological, some go together thematically, and others stand alone. The sermon itself was basically me speaking about each of these identifiers in my life, with the caveat that for other people, the words and phrases would be different. Signs that were held up together and talked about together are on the same line.

Son

 

Brother

 

Friend

 

Uncle & Cousin

 

Husband

 

Pastor

 

Teacher

 

Colleague

 

Rotarian

 

Father
Infertility

 

Straight
White
Male

 

Educated
Middle Class

 

American

 

Christian

 

Ally

 

Chaplain

 

With all of the signs hanging on my neck, I talked about whether these were made of lead or of gold, whether I saw them as a blessing or a burden (or more likely some combination), with all of them it can get a little heavy.  So I took them all off, revealing the final sign…

Child of God