Stronger, Higher, Faster

“Stronger, Higher, Faster”: The motto of the International Olympic games is “Stronger, Higher,
Faster,” representing the drive of the games toward unprecedented athletic feats. Yet, watching
such feats highlights the relative blandness of the account of life that we are offered in our
culture; we are invited into boredom, average, status quo, and a ‘good enough for today’
mentality. As Christians, God calls us to a higher purpose, one in we as the people of God have a
mission that has been our mission ever since God called Abraham all those years ago. Over
against the call of the world, our call as Christians is a life that is “stronger, higher, faster,” filled
with purpose no matter our life circumstances. The book of Jeremiah offers a glimpse of this
calling to us, and so, for six weeks at Holy Spirit Anglican Church, our sermons will focus on
our readings from this prophetic book and the topic of God’s call on our lives as the people of
God.
August 21
Jeremiah 1.4-10; Psalm 71.1-6; Hebrews 12.18-29; Luke 13:10-17
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to the Nations”
August 28
Jeremiah 2.4-13; Psalm 81.1,10-16; Hebrews 13.1-8,15-16; Luke 14.1,7-14
Sermon by Fr. David Montzingo – “Called to Repentance”
September 4
Sacrament of Baptism
Jeremiah 18.1-11; Psalm 139.1-6,13-18; Philemon 1.1-21; Luke 14.25-33
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Mercy”
September 11
Celebration of a New Ministry
Numbers 11.16-17,24-25a; Psalm 146; Romans 12.1-18; John 15.9-16
Sermon by Bishop Keith Andrews
September 18
Jeremiah 8.18-9.1; Psalm 79.1-9; 1 Timothy 2.1-7; Luke 16.1-13
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Sorrow”
September 25
Jeremiah 32.1-3a,6-15; Psalm 91.1-6,14-16; 1 Timothy 6.6-19; Luke 16.19-31
Sermon by Fr. Brian Hughes – “Called to Hope”