This summer, I had my initial foray into throwing pottery. It was harder than I thought. Just centering the clay on the wheel was difficult, and then every nearly-great bowl would suddenly collapse when I pressed too hard on one side. Ann, one of the pottery instructors saw my disappointment. As yet another bowl buckled into a clump, I groaned, dropping the clay into the refuse bin and starting again. Reminding me the clay would be reclaimed, Ann said “Don’t worry, your mistake will be someone else’s chalice.”
Our passage for Sunday says, “The vessel [the potter] was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him” (vv 3-4). God doesn’t throw away what God has created, even when it becomes misshapen but constantly works to re-form us.
We continue our We’ve Got Spirit! series this week remembering the Spirit’s work in reshaping us to reflect God’s image in us more faithfully.
- Focal Scripture: Jeremiah 18:1-11
- Sermon Title: “Detention”
Sunday’s song for confession reads:
Change my heart, O God; make it ever true.
Change my heart, O God; may I be like you.
You are the Potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me; this is what I pray.
In preparation for worship, consider watching this video of pottery making, as meditation, and reflect upon how you might all upon God: Mold me and make me; this is what I pray.
I look forward to gathering with you to worship our faithful and forgiving God,