Sermon delivered March 22, 2020 by Pastor Michelle Magee
Jesus sees us as who we are and releases us from shame.
That which we might hold as faults- which might cause others to see us for less- are only assets for jesus.
woman- first evangelist. longest conversation Jesus ever has with anyone. brings entire city to belief, with her doubtful question and willingness to be vulnerable.
When I was a pastor in South Los Angeles, we were trying to build up a new ministry and one way we were trying to do that was offering a free lunch outside once a week. We had a very good cook of Mexican food and after a time we were drawing quite a crowd there on the corner of Manchester and Budlong every Tuesday. I met a lot of colorful characters during that time. Some of them homeless, some of them just enjoying a meal without having to cook.
One person I met there, who still sticks out in my mind is Miss Elizabeth. She came one day to the lunch, when we were first getting started with it. She was tall and beautiful, a native of Belize. She pointed down Budlong telling me her residence, but if she hadn’t I would have guessed from her attire maybe she was homeless. But she was expressive and jubilant. She was thanking God in her wonderful accent, and even a little in Spanish, that she had been off of drugs for three months. She was also happy to have made the decision to leave a boyfriend who wasn’t treating her right. That day she helped us put the chairs and tables back and then I prayed with her.
She came back again one month later, and I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. She had a fresh white dress on, accessories and everything, and she was again giving thanks to God for now being clean for four months. . And she was so thankful to God she wanted to serve, wanted to help us with what we were doing. She was so appreciative that day, even though all we had done was offer a plate of food and some fellowship, she left the plate of food we got for her and begin to hand out flyers all over the neighborhood about our little lunch. In those days our average crowd was 20 to 25 people; the following week we fed 47. And I think it was largely due to Miss Elizabeth that so many people came.