"As sinners, our inclination is not to want to worship and we can find all kinds of rationalizations for not doing it. ‘The weather’s really nice today’, ‘I really had a hard night last night’, ‘You know, the sermon’s probably going to be deadly dull – I saw that Michael Petty was preaching this Sunday’. We can rationalize and rationalize away. And so for us, worship is a discipline. It’s important for all of us to get to the place as Christians where we recognize that we need to worship God – even though we might not feel like it or we might not want to, we need to - because worship is part of God’s therapy for we who are prideful and self-absorbed. We need the therapy."
"Being generous towards God means that our generosity reflects God’s generosity towards us. Our very lives are a gift from God. Creation is a gift from God. What do we have that we did not receive from God? Nothing. Jesus is saying here that success in life is measured by how well our generosity reflects the generosity of our Creator. And that’s a call for radical generosity that can only come from a radical trust in God."
"You will need to constantly remind yourself that while you are not the Good Shepherd, you do represent Him...The important thing is that the people among whom you minister will see Christ working in you."
Sermon The Good Shepherd by the Rev'd Canon Dr. Michael Petty | June 2, 2019 - The Ordination of Daniel Behrens