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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday Message

Pastor Stuart's Wednesday Reflection

The Giftie
Matthew 17.1-9

"O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!"
-Bobby Burns

On the mount of transfiguration, the disciples saw Jesus as he is, clothed in glory. They saw this otherwise ordinary looking man as who he is deeper than casual eyes can see. To paraphrase Robert (Bobby) Burns, "the Holy Spirit the giftie gae them to see their Laird as angels see him." It was only for a moment and then he went back to work just as normal looking as everyone else.

Each Sunday we are invited to see Jesus as he is in the midst of our prayer and praise and then the ten thousand things draw us away in many directions. Our schedules and our worries come up and he becomes more and more obscure until, Surprise! it's Sunday again.

This is a little like the way we love each other. There are times when our beloved seems surrounded by light and our whole attention is fixed on them. Then, over time our attention mellows, we get into fights, they're jerks, we're jerks and we start to ask "do I even like you?" But then there comes a moment when we see again a hint of that person who shone in our hearts like the stars in glory. We are reminded that behind the grumpiness, tiredness, and fading looks that This Is The One, as they are transfigured before us. We see them for a minute as God sees them: precious, beloved, and glorious and it is Sunday again as the disciples see Jesus as he is rather than how they think he is.

May the Lord the giftie gie ye, amen.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  7:00 - 8:30 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    12:00 p All Church Luncheon (Every one invited, No RSVP and nothing to bring)
                    1:00 p Prayer Shawl Ministry
                    1:00 - 6:30 p Jameson Voice Studio

Friday          9:00 - 11:30 a KOK Preschool/Kindergarten
                    1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday      10:00 - 11:00 a SOV Choir Rehearsal

Sunday         Scrip Order Sunday
                     Birthday Sunday
                     Blood Pressure Sunday
                     Name Tag Sunday

Shrove Tuesday
March 4th
Youth Group Pancake Supper
5:00 pm  
All are invited

Ash Wednesday
March 5th
Service at 7:00 p (to be confirmed)