Sermon for October 13, 2019

First Parish Church United Church of Christ, Yarmouth Maine


Sermon by Rev. Kelli Whitman

October 13, 2019


Scripture: Ruth 1:1-18


I stared at the sign with a mixture of dread and skepticism.  “Warning:  This trail has been rated ‘difficult.’  Sections are very steep and become slippery in the event of rain.  Use extreme caution.”   


I was about ten years old and my father had decided that our family should spend this particular summer afternoon hiking the Turkey Path Trail to the bottom of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  I looked down at the slip on canvas sneakers on my feet, then back at the sign.  I had a bad feeling about this excursion.  But my sister had already charged off down the trail like a mountain goat.  So, I