A blog to which I subscribe, Feminist Theology in an Age of Fear and Hope, has a particularly good post for this Sunday, February 19, the Last Sunday after Epiphany. The lessons for this Sunday are always those of Jesus' transfiguration on the mountaintop, The writer of this post says:
No doubt mystical moments, when we are able to perceive them as such,
sustain and deepen our faith. But more often we live in a world of
skeptics, or as Mark is fond of saying, a world in which we fail to see
God’s presence around us.
She then cites a perceptive writer about church life and development, Diana Butler Bass, reflecting on just how skeptical people around us are of "organized religion" -- like the religion we practice Sunday after Sunday. Part of our mission, our calling, is to find the words to reach people yearning for the things we are yearning for, and to invite them into our religious practice. How do we tell them that we find this place sustaining and hopeful? How do we engage with the world that so desperately needs abundance and blessing -- how do we do something significant and transformative for the community around us?
"The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why." (Wednesdays starting February 29, and ending April 4 -- 5:30 p.m. supper, 6:30 Evening Prayer, 6:45 Phyllis Tickle discussion.) You don't need a book, unless you want to read further; Tickle's presentations will be on dvd -- wide screen!!
Read the post for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, in prayer, and preparation.
see you in church