Greetings from dreary Chuckatuck on the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. This week was a lot less hectic for the Parish, for which we give thanks. It was nice to gather for worship, and nice to have new voices in worship (in the past few weeks that is). We are beginning the transition from Epiphany to Lent on Wednesday but, alas, we will miss Shrove Tuesday and pancakes and the ritual of the imposition of Ashes on Wednesday. But there is a lot that we hold close as we begin our Lenten journey this year.
In worship, we were invited to ask for the reminder of God’s promises given in Jesus and how that faith can strengthen us as we change from our present state to one more in tune with God. In our Hebrew Scripture, we heard the account of the transfer of authority from Elijah to Elisha. Along with the transfer we heard the story of Elisha’s commitment even in light of the prophetic voices telling him to turn back. Our psalmist reminded us that God calls us and does not keep silent, if we simply listen. God alone will judge, by God’s standards not by the world’s. The gospel reading today was Mark’s recounting of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain with Moses and Elijah. In the process of the transfiguration the disciples were told to listen to Jesus, because he is God’s only son.
Our sermon focused on the reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. He told the Corinthians that the “product” they are responsible for is the true gospel of Christ. They are reminded by Paul that they are supposed to help others come to a closer relationship with God by continuing to learn and share the message of God’s love to the world.
I invite your comments,
Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
Video of worship: https://youtu.be/25OzuijJJX0