Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

The story of the Transfiguration of Jesus is in the Bible not just to give us information about Jesus or data about Peter or details about God. We hear the story of the transfiguration of Jesus in the hopes that we might become vulnerable to our own transfiguration; susceptible to our own transformation; being changed as Paul says, into new creatures.
     William L. Dois
That was the Prelude meditation last week, and i was really intrigued, but the readings... the Transfiguration story is lame, yo.

Exodus 34:29-35
Luke 9:28-38
II Corinthians 3:12-4:1

The sermon was “Bringing Faces to Light.” Eh, it was okay. During one part i thought of “to love another person is to see the face of God” [Les Mis], and during another: with a glory in his bosom, that transfigures you and me [“The Battle Hymn of the Republic”] so that was cool, and we sang “All Shall Be Well” which of course made me think of you.

“We believe that God is present in the darkness before dawn; in the waiting and uncertainty where fear and courage join hands, conflict and caring link arms and the sun rises over barbed wire. We believe in a with-us God who sits down in our midst to share out humanity,
     -from the Iona Abbey Worship Book
That was the Prelude Meditation today, the first Sunday in Lent. I really like that. I really want to finish my post about Lent.

I actually liked the hymns today (this is somewhat rare for me).
“Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”
“Seek Ye First”
“O Savior, Hear Me”
“There Is A Balm in Gilead”
“Is There Room for a Sinner?”
“God of Grace, and God of Glory” - this contains one of my favorite hymn passages: “Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, for the facing of this hour.... Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days, for the living of these days”
“In the Midst of New Dimensions” - this was a 1985 hymn i had never heard before, but which is now one of my favorites.
Julian Roth, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, has spent more than a decade as director of the Colorado AIDS Project. He wrote this hymn on the theme of “diversity” for a meeting of the Rocky Mountain Conference (United Methodist).

In the Midst of New Dimensions
Gen. 9:12-16; Exod. 13:21-22; Num. 14:14

In the midst of new dimensions, in the face of changing ways,
Who will lead the pilgrim peoples wandering in their separate ways?
God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar,
We your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore.
Through the flood of starving people, warring factions and despair,
Who will lift the olive branches? Who will light the flame of care?


As we stand a world divided by our own self-seeking schemes,
Grant that we, your global village, might envision wider dreams.


We are man and we are woman, all persuasions, old and young,
Each a gift in your creation, each a love song to be sung.


Should the threats of dire predictions cause us to withdraw in pain,
May your blazing phoenix spirit resurrect the church again

Luke 4:1-3; John 14:8-12
The homily, given by area minister Peter Wells, was “Greater Works!?” on how Jesus said we would do greater things than he did. He talked about how we think and act as if there is a scarcity but that in fact the world contains enough resources to provide for the basic needs of every human walking the planet.

It’s that kind of sermon that makes me wonder what i’m doing reading about fairy tales, why i’m not out building houses or something.

First Churches is doing a Lenten book study with Edwards church again. 7pm every Monday of Lent, beginning tomorrow. No Philadelphia for me. This year’s book is Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels. Minuteman’s listing says: "Contents: From the feast of Agape to the Nicene Creed -- Gospels in conflict: John and Thomas -- God's word or human words? -- The canon of truth and the triumph of John -- Constantine and the Catholic church."  *looks at lilithchilde*

I like that First Churches is sponsoring a trip to see, and then come back and talk about, Mel Gibson’s Passion movie.
Tags: church: northampton: first churches, lent: 2004: bookstudy: gospel of thomas

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