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In Memory of Andy Griffith - A Sermon About Answering Our Call.

Epiphany 2B 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 Rev. Kathy Kelly Dunagan January 15, 2012
I love the old Andy Griffith comedy routines, the ones he put out on vinyl years before The Andy Griffith Show came to black and white TV.You may not be old enough to remember those, but you can find them on YouTube and if you go back and listen you’ll find a true old-fashioned comedian.One YouTube comment under my favorite recording said with surprise, “That was truly funny and he didn’t even use profanity!”Of course, this comment came after some acronym that I think included some profanity and something about rolling on the floor laughing. Our world has changed so much in the past 50 or so years.There seems to be so much confusion and division and everywhere you turn there is conflict, derision and erosion in our society and culture, in our schools and communities.I get fed up and exhausted with the loss of homogeny and the loss of mere civility in our live…
Over My Dead Body
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death. ~Erik H. Erikson Two weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in the memorial service for my dear friend Martha Jean Sams and learned two important things about funerals that I want to share.  One, it’s O.K. to have fun at a funeral and two, preparation of a eulogy is good for the soul.  We had a really good time at Martha Jean’s funeral. In fact, I had so much fun that I thought I should have been the one writing the thank you note to the family instead of the other way around. It was a weekend long combination of reunion, party and grief support. While I kept reeling in my joy over the reunion part in an effort to honor those hurting, everyone seemed to have as much fun as I did and we kept reminding ourselves “she would have wanted it this way.”  It is a difficult line to walk between celebrating a life believed to have ended in the glory of a soul entering heaven and k…