There was once a young bride who was preparing her first ever Easter dinner. She knew from years of observing that the first step her mother took preparing the ham was cutting off the ends.
As the bride began preparing her ham, she called her mom and asked, “Mom, why do we cut the ends off the ham?” Her mom answered, “I don’t know. My mom always did it that way.” Curious, the young bride thought, “Well, I’m going to get to the bottom of this.” She called her grandmother and asked, “Grandma, why do you and mom always cut the ends off the ham before cooking it?”
Her Grandma replied, “I don’t know why your mom does it, but 50 years ago, my pan wasn’t big enough, so I had to cut off the ends!”
We all do things like that. Habits, rituals, or actions that we still do without question. Sometimes these traditions continue unquestioned for years. That may not matter for the Easter ham, but unquestioned actions can cause major problems in matters of faith.
How do we know if we’ve fallen victim to unquestioned actions? I believe the answer is one simple word – why. All it takes to shed new light on an old tradition is to start asking why. Why do we always go to the beach every year? Why do we fix coconut cake every Christmas when no one eats it? Why are we never honest about how we feel?
This month we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Why Do We Do What We Do?” We will look at our Sunday morning worship together and ask, “why?” My prayer is that our worship time will be only one way you take part in this series.
I ask that you begin praying for this series, for me, and for every member of our church to be changed by these lessons. I believe that God is at work in our church and that by examining our unquestioned actions we can more fully serve Him!
August 7, 2011 Worship Introduction
August 14, 2011 Worship - Music
August 21, 2011 Worship - Preaching
August 28, 2011 Worship - Giving
September 4, 2011 Worship - Scripture
September 11, 2011 Worship - Baptism and Communion