God’s grace to you as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, ground hog day, and Superbowl Sunday (although the first is most important). In the life of our Diocese we ordained and consecrated our new Bishop Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Susan Haynes, yesterday afternoon at the Williamsburg Community Church. The service was moving and the seating of our new bishop inaugurates a new beginning in the Diocese. Our prayers go out to Bishop Susan and her family as they begin their journey with us in Southern Virginia.

In worship, we celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. For most the celebration was a first, I have no recollection of having the Feast of the Presentation celebrated on Sunday (or at all) before. Our worship and scripture helped us hear the story of redemption from beginning to end. Malachi told us that we would be refined by the messenger in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Our psalmist reminded us that we are doorkeepers and the work we do is both welcoming to worship and sending forth to evangelize the world. The New Testament served to remind us that Jesus came to help humans (not angels) and amplified the gospel reading – that our patience and steadfast perseverance as we wait for God’s return will be rewarded. But we have to both welcome and wait before we head out to work for God. That is our challenge today and forever.

I invite your comments and likes,

Readings: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

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