"Opening Day in the spring and the World Series in the fall are the bookends of baseball's liturgical time, and within the rituals of each season, fans are converted to believers; players, managers and even owners become saints (or sinners)..." (John Sexton, Baseball as a Road to God: Seeing Beyond the Game)
For years, I have felt and known that had to be some kind of connection between my love of God and my love of baseball. The words that John Sexton writes are so true for myself and many others. Baseball season is a "liturgical time" that is greatly anticipated by fans. And during the season, there are times a fan can sense a connection between a game and their faith.
This Sunday, I will be preaching on some of those connections that people experience time and time again, whether you are a fan of the game or not. There are times we all are caught in-between 1st and 2nd...Faith and Doubt. When it comes to Sundays and other days, the words "Take Me Out to the Crowd" can be a call to gather together. We are challenged to put our talents to good use. And the end result of it all isn't so much about winning or losing, but about finding our way home.
Join us this Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 as we listen to The Sermon on the Mound that is based in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. And join in on the fun in worship this week as I'll be preaching in my favorite Astros jersey and hope to see many of you in your favorite baseball jersey or t-shirt this Sunday.
See you Sunday!