This is Us Sermon Series Synopsis

The popular TV show “This is Us” says this on its website:

Everyone has a family. And every family has a story. “This Is Us” chronicles the Pearson family across the decades: from Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) as young parents in the 1980s to their 37-year-old kids Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) searching for love and fulfillment in the present day. This grounded, life-affirming dramedy reveals how the tiniest events in our lives impact who we become, and how the connections we share with each other can transcend time, distance and even death.

 If “every family has a story” and if we are all “searching for love and fulfillment in the present day” maybe there’s a reason behind that.  Maybe there is a bigger story and a bigger family and the connections do truly “transcend time, distance and even death.”

Scripture tells us this story, the story of who God is and the relationship he wants to have with us as his family.   As Lutherans, whose primary salvation metaphor is justification (legal/forensic), we often gloss over this larger familial, covenantal metaphor and therefore miss out on its beauty, depth, mystery, and intimacy.   Or when we do talk in “familial” language, it is just a “church way of talking.”  We don’t realize the deeper reality and truths we say.   For example, God is truly more our Father than our earthly fathers.  Our “blood-bond” in the Holy Eucharist makes us brothers and sisters in a greater way than the ones we grew up with.   In fact, all of our earthly relationships are icons, analogies of the true relationships we have with God and others.   For example, we don’t say, God, our heavenly Father is like our earthly father.   It is just the opposite.  Our earthly father should strive to look like our heavenly Father.

This series will explore these familial “terms” we often use but don’t truly comprehend.   In doing so, we will discover who we truly are – who God has made and called us to be and do.   And we will find what it is that we are truly looking for – “love and fulfillment in the present day” and even more, hope for when the ultimate fulfillment comes on the last day.