Greetings from a foggy Sunday in Chuckatuck. There was thick fog over the Nansemond River on the trip in this morning – I couldn’t see the house in the middle of the river from the top of the bridge. But it is bright and sunny on the church grounds. There’s a beautiful sight out the window today – buttercups, henbit, and lots of wildflowers in the yard. Coupled with the birds picking in the bushes and life is good – even while we’re still protecting ourselves by placing distance between ourselves and others. Yet, there is hope – more people waving and greeting folks as they walk in neighborhoods (by themselves). We really do have hope.
In worship today, on the third consecutive day of online-only worship, we continued our journey through Lent and the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us that we are connected to God through the saving work of Christ, who brings the reminder of the Holy Spirit who animates us for ministry. We heard the Lazarus story (all 45 verses of them) in the Gospel reading. While Jesus could have swooped in and saved the day, Jesus was present in the pain and suffering of Mary, Martha, and their community; so much so, he wept. Jesus connected himself to Lazarus and restored hope in times of trial. Our sermon this morning focused on Ezekiel and the story of the Valley of the Dry Bones. The death Ezekiel saw was real; God went with him to survey the destruction; Ezekiel spoke the words of hope from God; and reminded us that God is with us to provide hope in times of trouble. We need to look for God and share where we see God.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45
Morning Prayer video: https://youtu.be/3dzcrBaXWio