with cracks like rifle shots broke up, the wind pushed it to the
shoreline and the warmer weather melted it off the lake, except for a
few remnants on the windblown shore.
occasional camper ventures out for a weekend.
return in force.
favourite by far is the return of the loons.
Calm after, Preparation for, Speck of Haunting Beauty
question is always
to this day, this month, this year, with this life, precious as
Christ has claimed it to be?
The path toward the light at sunrise
moment opportunities to do well, do the right thing, are before us.
Which will you choose this day?
Will you walk to the light?
Or will you choose to remain in the darkness of greed, self interest, deception, and destruction in order to just make it through the days you’ve filled with such pain for others, and your own soul?
[replace the above with and fill in your own choice of sin, evil, and darkness – we all have our favourites!]
light is truth, grace, health, purpose, and peace.
profound joy, even in the midst of grief.
The haunting loon returns with all the other signs of spring, by instinct, by the pull of nature, and for pure survival. Humans can choose more than survival and instinct. You can choose new life in the light, and choose to share it with everyone,
wondrous morning we remember God’s victorious response to death’s
three day claim on Jesus. We remember Jesus’ resurrection. And we
hope for God’s resurrection response to all claims evil has on us
and on all people.
this profound hope we proclaim together three times:
Christ is Risen!
is risen indeed!
The Darkness Before
past Holy Week we
have remembered Jesus’ story, from his
triumphant procession into Jerusalem, to
his last meal with his disciples as he gave us the New Covenant,
his arrest, his disciples deserting him, and
the questioning, … to the
crowds scapegoating and condemning him,
his flogging, and Peter’s
denials, … to the
and torturing him.
we remembered how Jesus died sooner than
expected, nailed to a cross … abandoned
even by God. His
followers scattered and hiding,
filled with fear for their lives.
remembered how they buried him
in a rock tomb.
the darkness, portrayed in the last week of Jesus’ life on earth,
is so deep, embracing everything, and so unbearably deadly, the next
part of Jesus’ story is so much more than we can ever expect or
comprehend, yet alone completely remember.
time we encounter it, we see how much more Jesus’ story is. The
Light of Christ outshines such depths of darkness that we are
dumbfounded, astounded and awestruck, …
not just step in to defeat the death of Jesus. After all Jesus is not
the first to come back from the dead. Lazarus steps out of his tomb
with grave clothes still covering him. Jesus calls out Talitha cumi,
and the young girl walks away from her death bed.
Jesus story is more than one resurrection
story is more than one more resurrection. With Jesus’ resurrection
it’s all evil, all death defeated.
story is not just standing at home plate and hitting a home run out
of the stadium. It’s standing at the plate, in the bottom of the
thirteenth inning, with a full count, down three runs, bases loaded,
with all your pitchers used up. You’ve
been put up there to bat in
desperation by the manager. You are
mostly recovered from a chemotherapy treatment three days ago and
from surgery on
your left shoulder last month. You’re no
spring chicken at 65 years old. You will
never be here again, ever, even if you beat cancer. There’s
is no way you should be here. You just came back to
visit the team on the bench.
you hit a home run to the utter astonishment
of everyone and
to the great benefit
of a home city desperate for a team that would
what Jesus has taught us, just as Jesus taught his first disciples.
story. It is also
our story, or rather we each have a variation of that as our own
time we listen carefully we will be astounded and amazed at how God
acts out God’s will with love and forgiveness, Grace and mercy,
sacrifice and humility for us, and for all people, even our enemies.
what’s next for us?
easy to come to Easter worship, to be astounded by Jesus’ story and
to bask in the music and words and movements of our celebration of
life in the worship service and at breakfast. It’s easier yet to
then once again walk back out into the world that keeps us occupied,
forgetting what amazing things we’ve heard and seen. Who would
believe us anyway if we told them someone came back from the dead to
share God’s Word with us?
Isaiah’s New Heavens and New Earth
OT lesson from Isaiah for this morning, Isaiah speaks God’s words
of promise to the exiles in Babylon. They’ve lost everything and
been carted thousands of miles from home to be servants in a foreign
land ruled by some not so nice people. They are not only servants,
but they have years ago forgotten so much.
God creates new
Word comes, not to fix things up, but to create a new heaven and a
new earth. God’s words create, just as at the beginning of time. In
the new creation we will no longer be God’s wayward people. Instead
we will get to remain at home, cry to the Lord in joy and be a
delight to God.
It is a
Shalom vision of the Kingdom of God: there will be no weeping, no
cries of distress.
New creation ends all suffering and need
this world of Shalom,
of God’s Peace, there is no homelessness,
no hunger, no
climate-change-displaced refugees. There
are no untimely deaths, no
stolen lunches or unrewarded labour.
dog-eat-dog order of the food chain will end. Predators and prey will
live together in peace.
God’s new work in Jesus even more: perfect
vision in Isaiah is nothing compared to God’s work made clear in
Jesus’ story that we have reflected upon this Lent and Holy Week.
all things in God’s new creation will be re-created perfect.
have only a foretaste of this new creation, a promise made in Jesus’
Gospel emphasizes that Jesus came
to heal people, and with his death and resurrection to heal all
humans we often need healing. We often seek help and sometimes
what ails us is dealt with. Even less
frequently we even see that we are cured.
When it comes to the wholeness of creation
and our spirits we seem to be lost.
brokenness of creation is more than we imagine. Our brokenness is
more than we can imagine. The healing we need is so much more than we
Healing, more than duct tape
used to be that a good farmer
could fix anything except the economy with
bailing wire and pliers.
Now days we use duct tape and plastic ties.
works out just fine until your life depends on the repair.
like carabiners. There are so many kinds available today. I can get
two for $1.25. And they work as key chains just fine. Until they do
not, and my keys went missing because the cheap, carabiner I hung my
keys on did not stay closed. Whoosh, click or slip and the key was
goners. So now I use duct tape to hold the carabiner closed.
The fix when our lives depend on it
works just fine. But it would not be the fix needed if I were
mountain climbing and hanging all my weight plus the stress of the
wind blowing against me on that carabiner, tied by a rope into the
kind of a carabiner cannot be a two-for-$1.25 purchase. For all the
things we might be pleased to repair with
duct tape and plastic ties, God asks so much more of us when
it comes to our part in the new creation.
go through life, expecting that God just uses duct tape and plastic
ties to heal creation, we miss out on the marvellous mystery, the
eye-popping wonder, and the awe-filled power God uses to create a new
heaven and earth for us, in us, and among us.
After Jesus’ resurrection, God sends us out to share the good news, to voice the prayers of compassion with those who suffer, and to be the hands of Christ that deliver the new creation to all people.
When we listen carefully, do diligently, remember remarkably, we will hear and see Jesus working in ways we hardly understand at first. We will be floored by the amazing tales Jesus has in mind for us to hear and even see for ourselves.
We ask that the Holy Spirit will help us watch carefully, listen intently, and pray fervently, that God’s new creation may come among also us. But most of all we ask that the Holy Spirit help us as we get ready to be bowled over. It not a small fix or even a big fix with duct tape. God creates a new world, a new universe, and even a new you and new me.
the Holy Spirit to help us through it.
not, the Holy Spirit will put us up to bat, with the bases load, in
the bottom of the ninth, with the team needing us to hit a home run,
and the world needing it even more.
deeply and slowly. Keep your eye on the ball. Don’t forget ….
that’s just the start of God’s new creation.
about to use each of us in ways we could not dream of.
What was once alive, once green, once bright, is now in these days dead, withered and dark.
only a faint hint of days long distant in the most recent of times.
it to succeed
leave a legacy?
overrun others, destroying them with lies, in order to have more, in
order to cover up one’s sins?
suffer rumours and lies that destroy one’s reputation and finances
leaving one homeless?
This day, Jesus answered God’s call to submit himself to death, a torturous death, and to die.
Jesus succeed? Did Jesus destroy others, or did he allow others to
try to destroy him, and respond with grace and forgiveness?
of the world knew Grace and lived it well, more people would succeed
bringing the basics of life to others with their sacrifices.
world may seem dark, especially in these days when we remember that
God died, and remained so, for three days.
only the reflection in our memories of the light that has guided our
paths. But there will be a great light, that will shine in every
darkness, and bring justice, restitution, and new life to those who
are destroyed by others lies.
those who have destroyed with lies … may God have mercy on them.
lots of water spread across the low spots.
big, throny bushes, no green trees, and no crowds … in fact great
solitude and quiet.
settling in as a guest of the Queen,
chosen of my Lord,
shores of a small quite lake,
the oil company bought it all up,
means the Queen still has a small plot
shares, by law, with a few homeless,
quite a few wealthy land owners looking for
of nature: health and joy.
There’s also enough detritus left around that proves there are a number of irresponsible beer drinking, condom throwing, and garbage dumping foolish visitors.
So I took a bag with me on my walk around to collect some of the detritus. Lots more, like the condoms, still lay strewn on the ground, things that I needed more than just one bag to be able to pick up and haul out for other fools.
Why does the Queen receive such fools?
Why does the Creator tolerate such fools?
Perhaps because one fool is pretty much like another, and all are fools in one way or another.
My call is to be a fool for Christ, so there is that.
And I took a quiet walk around tonight before enjoying a quiet night, with only a couple parking for hours, depositing another condom and toilet paper to found on a quiet morning walk before the full light of dawn.
Solitude is precious as are a good night’s sleep and the clear light of truth.
As way of introductory words to explain Beale Street and ‘Justice’:
“Beale Street is a street in New Orleans, where my father, where Louis Armstrong and the jazz were born,” the quote reads in the opening shot of the movie. “Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street, born in the back neighborhood of some American city, whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York. Beale Street is our legacy. This novel deals with the impossibility and the possibility, the absolute necessity, to give expression to this legacy.
“Beale Street is a loud street. It is left to the reader to discern a meaning in the beating of the drums.” James Baldwin
The actual street named Beale Street is located in Memphis. But there is a Beale Street in every city, in every town, in every rural place where people live. While the book/movies is about the racial realities of black discrimination, the injustice of false convictions run rampant in many places against many minorities. In Canada jails are filed with aboriginal peoples. In Alberta and elsewhere the discrimination has turned from <against women falsely accused by their men and then easily convicted> to <men falsely accused by their women and easily convicted without any real proof>. As were men in decades past, these women are encouraged and free to lie even under oath in court, with the courts also freely lying even in decisions to absolve women of their lies and to falsely convict men of things they have never done, and of things that often their women have done to the men. Our courts are no more just than any, ever. Capital punishment is not a sentence given by the judges; it is a sentence worked out by inmates and guards, and by countless people in the communities -not least the RCMP and Police and workers in the ‘Justice’ system, who may or may not believe the lies and false convictions, and who then, regardless, rob reputation, labour opportunities, and health from these innocent not-criminals.
Since the beginning of time people have lied to get ahead, to destroy others who are in their way, or just for the sport of it.
But the truth is known by God, and all will stand before God’s throne to be judged. While Grace is our hope, our proclamation, and God’s promise; there is also the promise that the oppressor, the unrighteous, the destroyers of others will face their end in God’s Judgment. There will be no witnesses needed, no testimony – false or not. God already knows everything.
We trust that what God judges will be gracious. We trust that those who stand against the truth somehow will be brought to stop.
But God is the judge, not us. not any of us
So we leave Justice in God’s hands, because humans botch it so consistently …
and we proclaim grace
and real hope.
Now for the sermon proper:
Lenten Theme Isaiah 58 The acceptable fast brings justice, freedom, food and homes to those without Lessons for this Sunday: Joshua 5:9-12 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Street Could Talk
wonders how the world would be if indeed the streets could speak of
the injustices that God’s people have suffered at the hands of
God’s people. If indeed the disgrace of God’s people would be
removed. If indeed the effects of all the sins of the people would be
“If Beale Street Could Talk” is a movie (adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel of the same title) about a young black man ruined by the in-justice system. A young white man has made unrelenting advances on his fiancée in a store. He stands up for her, drives the white thug off, but not before a dirty cop tries unsuccessfully to arrest the young black man. The dirty copy gets revenge. It is about the dirty justice system whose people make this wonderful, creative, loving young man into an incarcerated black. Everything about this young human being is reduced to one of many young black men jailed and beaten, though innocent.
old has passed away. Everything is made new.
This young man, a sculptor, a young father, makes things new out of chunks of wood. Until a dirty cop and a dirty justice system rob him of his everything, until they rob his family, his wife to be and their child, of everything. The dirty ones rob him by accusing him of a terrible, filthy, horrible rape. They disgrace him. They let him be beaten in jail. They terrorize him with delays upon delays and threats upon threats until he breaks and accepts a plea, a guilty plea of an innocent man, and he serves someone else’s time.
It’s quite the image that Joshua gives as the people gather to celebrate the Passover in the Promised Land: in the English we have God “rolls away” their disgrace. The German gives a hint that the Hebrew is more colourful: ‘Heute habe ich die Schande Ägyptens von euch abgewälzt.’. God ‘waltzes away’ the disgrace of the people. Generations ago they were saved but then enslaved, freed but then trapped in the wilderness … until today with Joshua, they stand in the land promised to Abraham, and they eat from the fruit of the land. No more wandering, no more manna. They have come home, and God welcomes them waltzing away in celebration their layers of slavery and disgrace.
waltzes away our disgrace, our sins, our slavery … and God sets us
For God made Jesus, who did not sin, to bear all the sins of all the people through time, precisely in order that you and I, in order that all of us, would not only be free. God set us free precisely in order that you and I and all of us would be made into the righteousness of God visible, embodied here and now on this earth.
Our freedom, our righteousness, in NO WAY is earned by our actions.
Either we are like the younger son, as we claim all sorts of rights and privileges, and all that is due us … and then we squander the precious things God has given us on the oldest vices available to humans who can choose. We can choose because God made us able to love. To love is to be able to choose to love, which means we must be able to choose not to love, which is to choose evil. So we either choose to squander God’s precious gifts to us …
like the older son as we serve God with great labours and
self-righteousness. We do not squander God’s love, but we
comprehend it completely not.
When God wants to celebrate God’s forgiveness, and a lost sinner’s return to life, we get self-righteously angry. We behave as if we somehow owned God’s will. As if we, with our obedience and labours, have earned all that we have, but even more so we own the right to judge other sinners. We’ve allowed ourselves to become so blind to the grace that daily gives us renewed breath. We want to be better than we are, and comparing ourselves to other’s whose sins are more known we think we are somehow good enough. Thus …
refuse to celebrate with God. We refuse to celebrate with God exactly
what we are created to be and do: we are created to proclaim and
celebrate that God is gracious, forgiving sins, dancing away
disgrace, and feeding us from the produce of the Promised Land.
the same old, same old that has hung around the necks and souls of
humans since the beginning of time.
Even though, all the time, each and every one of us is like either the younger or the elder son, and sometimes we are like both at the same time … Even so God promises us it is different in the Kingdom of God. It is different now, here and now, in the Kingdom of God. For the Kingdom of God is at hand.
the Kingdom of God, all confess that only by Grace do we breathe, or
drink, or eat, or work, or celebrate, or love, or hope.
By Grace all our sins, yours and mine and all of ours, are taken up in the person of Jesus Christ, and we are made into God’s righteousness.
not pretenders. God makes us not just good, not just sometimes good,
not better than others. God makes us into God’s own righteousness.
In that righteousness everything old has indeed passed away. In that righteousness everything is made new. You and I, and each one of us, are made into new creatures. All of creation is made new.
As God’s righteousness you and I and each one of us, really have nothing worth doing other than what Jesus calls us to do, what the Holy Spirit makes us capable of doing. We think, pray, speak and act so that those around us know that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and they are welcomed in just as we are; not because we’ve earned it, not at all. They and we are welcomed in because God wants it that way.
Though we remain sinners all the time, unable to free ourselves, God forgives us each day all our new sins, so that we can forgive ourselves, and so that then we can turn to everyone else and forgive them!
God has made us into Christ’s voice, hands and compassion, so that we will reconcile not only ourselves, but all others, and even the creation so broken … so that we will reconcile all people back to God, so that we will reconcile all creation back to God.
I, and each one of us, are God’s ambassadors.
We stand in the promised land, in the Kingdom of God, and we eat of the fruit of this land, the produce of this Kingdom.
The light of God is bright and the hyenas of home are sent scurrying for cover into their own darkness.
We stand, knowing that God is with us and was with us all the way or we would never reach the promised land. We stand and celebrate the return of each lost sinner. For we know that is us, each day. We trust that God will always be with us, as we arrive in the Promised Land anew each day. As we leave our pack of hyenas in the dark and come into the Light of life.
We trust that this Lent our being Christ’s ambassadors, no matter what it costs us, is our Lenten fast, the fast that God finds acceptable, the fast that brings justice, freedom, food and homes to those who most need them. Most of all our fast brings forgiveness and reconciliation to those who need it most: you and me, and each one of us.
Beale Street Could Talk, we would hear not only the Black man’s
story, or the indigenous man’s story, or the refugee’s story. If
everyone’s Beale Street Could Talk, we would hear Jesus’ story
and ourselves in it.
in this new creation,
the Light Shines!
One day, the Light of Christ will shine Light on every Beale Street story, and the disgrace will be where it belongs.
What words do you have, that you
can use to inspire life abundant
in a camper warm in the cold,
soaked in solitude, and connected to the beauty of life by a thin
thread of grace and a camera, a chainsaw and a pile of wood, an old
furnace, old metal doors, old tarps added to 1x4s and pallets,
garbage wood and metal, propane and gasoline …
Is your heart warm, your music
lively and loud, your thoughts connected to the universe made by
At -25°C that would be helpful,
if a bit elfish.
It warmed up suddenly, mostly the
cool on the floor dissipated, why,
A wonderful feeling after being
cold most of today.
Church: I arrive and within
minutes need to take my boots off to rub my feet that are painfully
cold still. 10 minutes and they warm up … so it goes all day.
Until now. Toasty warm.
Great music, to volume, the
selection of Good Lovelies, Cohen, and Beethoven so far, more to
Find a corner that is kind
of friendly and cozy.
A woman at the till behind me, said
I was nice, for letting her put her milk jug on the belt sooner than
otherwise there would have been room.
I told her my wife doesn’t say I
She says I am kind ….
Kind of this and kind of that.
Back out into the cold … it is
Some people heat their homes with
the heat that is put into my face to burn the light out of me
is darkness in action,
the throngs that have used Gaslighting to beat me into submission, death or exile, whichever works first,
is darkness with a goal,
the lies that others live by and for and with,
is the darkness resident.
the pain that everyone suffers for
their part in Gas creating,
is sadness given place where life belongs.
My little corner is cozy,
in the cold, it is always good
enough, with lots of work, to be warm enough.
How cold can their hearts become, so
that the weather hardly compares?
cold can it get?
can be as cold as it possibly can get, even with climate change,
yesterday’s extremes are now today’s normals,
Love are more powerfully Light
than the darkness that people wish on me,
and the furnace
has plenty of wood,
kindness of my heart is enough,
hand on what was first given me
Cold will you let your life become, before you step into the light of
I think that most of life is getting down to the nitty gritty, seeing where one’s predecessors have gone, and finding one’s own way.
Just because someone has made a difficult trek, does not mean it is right for you.
or that because it is difficult, that it is wrong for you.
It is whether it fulfills who you are.
Are you a snow mobile, or a human with boots?
And do you want to walk easy on the snowmobile track or is it your calling to be in the shade in a moment for just a moment, for that is where you will be you?
that’s a photo story, from the photo
but it’s not a sermon made from a photo.
Sermon’s are supposed to start with the Gospel,
So a return to the sermon:
if it were to come about today, would fix some of the worst problems
you face in your life?
you homeless so that a home would be a fulfilled dream? Are you
caught in poverty so that a secure income, and benefits for health
care, medications, dental, and eye care, along with water, food,
clothing, and shelter security would be a fulfilled dream? Are you in
captivity to a foreign power, or incarcerated for what you’ve not
done, or abused in a relationship you cannot leave, so that freedom
would be a palpable change? Are you suffering ill health which you
cannot afford to deal with, or for which there simply is no cure or
even treatment? Are you bored with life because there is no challenge
left to meet and hope that in meeting it anything will become better
or have you lost your vision of what could be if … if … but you
get stuck because so many dreams have been dashed and there is no
light at the end of the tunnel … so that if you were given new hope
and new vision to see God’s promises coming to pass your life would
if it were to come about today, would solve some of the worst
problems that we face as a congregation? As a community or city? As a
country? As the world?
the reversal of climate change, a new energy source that did not eat
out the world around us, a new attitude of all people that we could
provide clean air, water, food security, clothing and shelter,
meaningful labour and most importantly, the opportunity to love and
be loved … would these bring new life to us all and a bright future
for which we could engage in together?
do we hope for?
words voice the purpose for his life, and give the foundation of hope
for the world.
than once Jesus paraphrases Isaiah to put solid words to what Jesus’
purpose is, what he brings to the world:
Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent
me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of
sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
are words that people have heard and hoped in for millennia and
are not throw away words.
Theology looks to these words calling us to recognize that God has a
preferential option for the poor.
since Jesus’ have looked to these words for assurance that God is
with them. Today we read them and receive assurance that God is with
and for us, here and now. And there is even more!
Jesus astounding claim:
reads these words in worship, not just reading them, but then sits to
teach about them in his home town. He says ‘today these words are
fulfilled in your hearing.’
the remarkable difference that Jesus brings. It’s one thing to hope
for a home. It’s another to be told there is one there for you. Or
a secure income, or medical care, or food, or a new cure, or whatever
it is that will set the world right again,
is one thing to hope for these, and to be reassured that God promises
these to us, ‘next year in Jerusalem’; it is a whole other thing,
a fabulous and fearful thing to be told that these things are
fulfilled in our hearing them.
demands some response. How do we respond?
hard to really take them seriously, as if they are there for us this
day; when we look about, and we have no home, or we have no income,
or we have no food, or we have no security, or our health is failing
and we know the end will be death too soon, or that what our church,
community, city, country, or world desperately need simply is not
Unfulfilled in history
is even more difficult when we realize that these words of hope were
written by Isaiah as the people sat in exile, hoping to return home.
words are a bit different, but they reverberate with the same sense
of profound need and hope:
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
the Lord has anointed me;
has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
bind up the broken-hearted,
proclaim liberty to the captives,
release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
the day of vengeance of our God;
comfort all who mourn;
same words were read when the exiles had returned home as in
Nehemiah’s and Ezra’s time. The people still carried these hopes
because returning from exile did not provide what they needed, for it
was not anything like it had been, not by a far cry.
for these hopes to be fulfilled, what did the people do?
we read in today’s OT lesson from the book of Nehemiah:
worship. And they worship not unlike we do still today: with
standing, seeing and bowing as the book is opened and read from, and
sitting to hear the interpretation given to us, and weeping with both
sadness and joy at what we hear and understand from God’s word, we
often hear that we have great cause to celebrate, to rejoice and be
thankful for all that we have, for God has not abandoned us.
today we worship, with good order, together revering God’s words,
listening to the words of music and liturgy, scripture and preaching,
eating and drinking together as God’s people in this time and this
still we hear these words:
Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent
me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of
sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
that they are fulfilled in our hearing, how can that be when we still
hope for their fulfillment just as the people of Isaiah’s,
Nehemiah’s and Ezra’s time did?
the states they honoured Martin Luther King Jr. last weekend.
the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963 King
called for civil and economic rights, and an end to racism in the US:
have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former
slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down
together at the table of brotherhood.”
have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a
nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but
by the content of their character.”
have a dream that today… that one day every valley shall be
exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low … and the glory
of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh will see it together.
This is our hope.”
freedom ring… When we allow freedom to ring … from every city and
hamlet … we will be able to speed up the day when all of God’s
children … will be able to join hands and sing … “Free at last,
Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are free at last.” copyright
1963 Martin Luther King Jr.
have a dream. God has a dream for us, too.
as we hear God’s dream, and hearing it make it our own, and we give
our hearts, minds and strength to making it so for others, then it is
fulfilled already today in our midst.
are not alone. The possibilities are not limited to what we are
familiar with or what we have done in past, or what we ourselves can
are members of one body, the body of Christ. This body has many
members with different gifts, different visions, and different
are only limited by our own unwillingness to welcome those members
with other visions than what we have.
future is unlimited as God’s people in this time and place as we
gather to worship, much as we have for millennia, to honour God, to
praise, pray, sing and feast together. We gather to give thanks and
to fulfill God’s word also in our midst:
poor hear good news, the captives are released, the blind see, the
oppressed go free, and here it is always the year of the Lord’s
promises are simple and life changing.
simply pray that they may be fulfilled today in our hearing as well.