Saturday, January 15, 2011

2 Epiphany

Looking back from Monday at what I really said -- 8 a.m. - felt to me like the sermon wanted to go in 2 directions - not sure it really came together. 9:30 a.m. - one of those rare moments when it felt like it all came together - sermon, music (not planned by me), prayers.

The congregation is beginning their search process and will have the Annual Meeting next Sunday so the focus was on their call to be the church in in this time and place?

Here are some notes --

Readings are here.

Lesson seem to be around the idea of what it means to answer the call of God and to witness that call to others?

Isaiah, not to lose hope

Psalmist - In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: *
'I love to do your will, O my God;
your law is deep in my heart."' What is written in the book about you? me? us as a congregation?

Paul and the Corinthians, -- assuring them that there is reason for their community, that God has called them in this time and place to witness to their city.

John, points to Jesus - not to himself

Jesus -- come and see. -- it is in the following that you will know.

WH Auden - Hymnal (did not end up using this - but it was in my mind)
He is the Way.
Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;
You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.

He is the Truth.
Seek Him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;
You will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.

He is the Life.
Love Him in the World of the Flesh;
And at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy

A blessing:
My friends, life is short, and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who make this earthly pilgrimage with us, so be swift to love, and make haste to do kindness, and the blessing of God, who comes to us as +Creative Presence, Saving Grace and Lifegiving Spirit, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon you and all whom you love and pray for this day, and forever more.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fun with Icons

Join the band with saints and angels. Gives a whole new meaning to "with all the angels and archangels and all the company of heaven" we sing!!

h/t to Phil's Treehouse