Maundy Thursday story gives us our job description 1Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2The devil had already put it into the heart […]
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 – Text: Matthew 27:62-66; 28: 1-10 In one of the parishes I served back in Pennsylvania, one of the most faithful members of the congregation was a woman whose husband almost never came to church with her. He told me once that something had happened in his past that had […]
We are created for good works—to reflect the goodness of God in everything we say and do. The reason for all this is so that God gets the glory. That’s what it means to say we are church. We are a people called out to be ambassadors in representing Christ in the world, so that God gets the glory, so that God’s power, love, forgiveness and mercy are reflected into our world.
So what about this “transfiguration” story? As far as I can tell, it is pointless to asks how this all took place. I don’t think it has to do with Jesus “aglow” in the dark. I don’t think it has much to do with Moses and Elijah appearing there. I don’t even think it has to do with the disciples wanting to stay on the mountaintop.
The study was on the calling of the disciples. It was on how those first disciples dropped everything to follow Christ. Pastor Bill’s purpose was to get people to start thinking about their call to Christ. So, the question he asked was: “If Jesus were to come up to you and say: “Follow me!” what would be your response?”
“Am I pregnant?” “Am I a handmaid of God?” “Is God so real and alive in me that God is ready to spring forth?” “Has God gotten inside me?” How about you? Are you pregnant with God? Is the good news of God’s love bursting inside you? Has God gotten close to you?
Matthew 14:22-33 It was January 2nd, 1997. A Border Collie was keeping watch over the Thompsons’ 80 head of cattle when around 8:30 p.m. the rains that had soaked and flooded Northern California for a week ruptured a levee, sending a 20-foot wall of water surging toward his owner’s three-story home. As the water rose through the night, the dog climbed the roof keeping just ahead of it.