“Saving Starfish when Starfish are outlawed,” a sermon at Downey Memorial Christian Church, December 3, 2017

A friend who came to hear me preach later said, “you know, these days, we could just get on social media and get like 45 people to the beach to9690a9f16724701380e2e98cca8c92a7--sea-shells-on-the-beach help us save starfish.”That would actually have strengthened my sermon. But here it is now, just in time for advent.

The scripture was Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19.

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth

2before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh. Stir up your might, and come to save us!

3Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

4Lord God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

5You have fed them with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in full measure.

6You make us the scorn of our neighbors; our enemies laugh among themselves.

7Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

17But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, the one whom you made strong for yourself.

18Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name.

19Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.

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