Sports Sermon Series Starts August 21

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Featured

If you ask any soccer mom about her kids’ game and practice schedule, you might get some complaints about busyness, but more likely than not, you’ll be met with a kind of stoic fortitude: “this is just the way it is these days.” It’s nothing to drive long distances to games, spend several hours at the field, and pay large sums of money for equipment, fees, and training. Whether we are watching, playing, or practicing, we have granted sports a prime place, if not the prime place, in our lives.

The funny thing is that we have granted this privilege without much thought. It’s like it just happened to us. We have a notion that sports can provide discipline and a sense of team work, and other character-building bonuses; but on the other hand, it only takes a day or two along the sidelines to notice sports can also bring out the worst in people: whether it’s the loud-mouthed parent (not you or me, of course!), or the kid who pushes down your child, kicks him as he runs past, and then laughs about it with his teammates.

So which is it? Is sports good, or bad, or somewhere in between? Over the past few months I’ve been reading what Christians have had to say about sports and play over the years. (I also took a class to become a soccer ref!)  I’ve put together my findings in a three-week sermon series that will begin on Sunday, August 21, 2016. I’d like to invite you to the Presbyterian church at 10:30 a.m. on any or all of these Sundays to hear more about the role of sports in life. You might be surprised to discover that God actually takes pleasure in our play.

– Patrick

P.S.  Did you know, that several of the English Premiere League soccer clubs were started by churches in the late 1800s?