The Scripture readings were Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9.
Liza gave the sermon, called “Coming Down From the Mountain.” She started off talking about Moses and how the patriarchs were rather jerks, and moved into how God calls people one wouldn’t necessarily expect, at times one wouldn’t necessarily expect. I almost wept when she talked about Jesus says of the one who is to betray him three times, “This is the rock upon which I build my church.” And later in the sermon, moving back to the actual title, she talked about how one isn’t allowed to just stay on the mountain basking in the glory of God, one has to go back down the mountain back to the people and do God’s work. (Tonight, among other things, i’ve been Blackboard discussing Narnia and Surprised by Joy, and this connects nicely.)
"Swiftly Pass the Clouds of Glory"
Swiftly pass the clouds of glory, heaven's voice, the dazzling light;
Moses and Elijah vanish - Christ alone commands the height!
Peter, James and John fall silent, turning from the summit's rise
downward toward the shadowed valley where their Lord has fixed his eyes.
Glimpsed and gone the revelation - they shall gain and keep its truth
not by building on the mountain any shrine or sacred booth
but by following the savior through the valley to the cross
and by testing faith's resilience through betrayal, pain and loss.
This memories meme brings me joy.
"we've had a lot of fun." -lilithchilde
Dude, that sounds so farewell-y.
Me (on Tess): “It’s a classic.”
Cat: “That means you hate it.”
Peeve: If i friend you on facebook and also send you a facebook message along the lines of, “I miss you,” confirming the friendship but not replying to the message is teh laem.
Peeve2: Fake LJ-cut tags.
SuperBowl was tres boring. So much stoppage in the first half. I feel like the last time i watched football it wasn’t nearly this bad. But yeah, the point of watching the Super Bowl truly is the commercials. Clearly my winners were the gay shoutouts (Diet Pepsi wins!), which really are subsumed under the category of twisting gendered assumptions (motorcycle gang leader: “The salad bar is better at the place up the road”). The “Can you hear me now?” monkeys and the “Don’t assume” cat commercial were also good.
And dude, Felicia is usurping my place as She Who Hates Everything. I defended both Tess and the frozen car commercial tonight.
Note to self: Do not try to write Genius Girl while watching the Super Bowl. You will want to research every other line, which is just not feasible in that situation. Though i did get plot worked out in my head, which is good.
"Your ideal partner" options from this quiz include:
-Wears glasses and calls you "sir"
-Dresses like you and likes to blow bubbles
-Is brainy and busty
Remind me to work these into fic some time :)
And finally: I aim to
(Original image from the 1976 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Macbeth as seen in the Oxford School Shakespeare Macbeth.)
(Original image from this article.)
(Original image from Tea with Mussolini.)
(Original image from The World Is Not Enough.)
(Original image from Iris.)
(Original images from The Chronicles of Riddick.)