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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Wednesday Message

The seasons come and the seasons go.

This is the time of year which keeps me on edge. No matter where I've lived I always have a sense of impatience in the last days of the winter rains or snows; I'm ready for spring. I'm ready for sunshine and warmth. It's time to get on with it.

In worship the season of Epiphany is framed by the stories of recognition that the Jesus of the manger is the God of all creation; that this God is walking on earth! This coming Sunday is "Transfiguration Sunday", the culmination of the season of Epiphany. The church will be dressed in holiday white; we will read, as we do each year, the tale of Jesus, Peter, James, John, Moses and Elijah all gathered on the mountaintop; and we are amazed by the glory! Then we come back down to earth. It's time to get on with it.

Epiphany is also, for me as a preacher, the season of getting ready for Lent and Easter. With Wednesday night services on the horizon and with Sunday Lenten Worship needing its particular focus and direction; with the great church observances of Passion Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday coming; with the celebration of the primary Christian holiday of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, there is much to prepare for; I learned early on not to enter Lent unprepared: I will never be close to catching up!

All of this preparation starts to make me impatient and ready to be getting on with things by Transfiguration!

Perhaps this is a good image of our lives of faith as followers of Christ. Our discipleship is always preparing for seeing God's Reign; always dimly, always in the "yet to come" even while we name it now. We are the people of Christ's community; we are waiting for its full presence. We ought be a little impatient as we journey, always ready to be getting on with it, always ready for the coming of Christ into the world.

Along the way,

PD

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THIS WEEK

Friday     5:00 pm Women's Bible Study

Saturday  9:30 am Choir rehearsal

Sunday  Worship 8:30 & 11:00 am
               Scrip Sunday
               11:00 am Little Lambs SS