PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
February 18, 2018
This week is “Seuss Sunday” and our Dr. Seuss story is “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” In the story, the king is dissatisfied with the weather. He asks his magicians to create something new. They grant his wish, but when the oobleck starts to fall from the sky it creates a sticky mess. Despite the king’s initial refusal, ultimately Bartholomew is able to get him to admit his mistake and say he’s sorry, which melts the oobleck away and gives the kingdom a fresh start.
In our gospel lesson (Mark 1:12-15), Jesus withstands temptation. Temptation is much more difficult for us to withstand and when we make a mistake, we are to be humble, admit it, say we’re sorry and ask to be forgiven.
Like the king, one of the sins we are often tempted to commit is the sin of pride. Pride is often considered the greatest of all sins as it is the feeling of superiority, but only God is superior. Rather than pride, Jesus teaches us to be humble, to not seek the best seats or think of ourselves as greater, but to give God praise rather than seek it for ourselves and to show humility, admitting our wrongs, saying we’re sorry, asking to be forgiven and extending forgiveness to those who sin against us. 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.