Sunday Sermon, The Rev. Michael A. Bird: "The Kingdom of God: A Liberating, Daring Possibility

In both of Matthew’s seed parables, we hear of the Kingdom of God as a messy, unruly, and inclusive harbor of human initiative, daringly designed to stand in opposition to Caesar's kingdom. “The Kingdom of God is of God, and yet we do have a role in it; we just don’t control it,” preaches Father Bird. “I feel set free because this Kingdom of God is not dependent on me, but on the one who came for me and died for me and lives with me everyday. How free do you feel?” The readings are 1 Samuel 15: 34-16: 13; Psalm 20; 2 Corinthians 5: 6-10; and Mark 4: 26-34.