Preached by the Reverend Dr. Howard W. Boswell, Jr.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2017
Kenmore Presbyterian Church
Kenmore, New York
Today, we begin a five week sermon series,
based on an outline for a lectionary sermon series from
A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series.
Methodist pastor, Brian Erickson built “Enemies of Gratitude”
with this goal in mind, “This series offers
an opportunity to teach gratitude
by calling out the things that keep us
from being truly grateful.”
In case you wondered, yes, this series is about stewardship,
but it’s not about stewardship commitments or
church budgets or any of the other things
that make us approach the fall
“with fear and trembling,”
to borrow from Paul.
Instead, “Enemies of Gratitude” explores
the source of all Christian Stewardship.
As many have said, we give from “an attitude of gratitude.”
We return to God a portion of the blessings we receive.
Yet, some things stand in the way of gratitude
and we’ll look at five of them,
beginning today with “Nostalgia.”