Monday, February 5, 2018

Scripture Readings for Sunday, February 11, 2018

Hello Everyone,

For those who were not able to attend church at Grey Eagle UMC or Peace United Church yesterday and those who live too far to attend, I announced yesterday that Bishop Ough intends to appoint me to Alexandria United Methodist Church beginning August 1, 2018. My last Sunday serving these two churches will be June 3, 2018 as I begin an eight week Spiritual Formation Leave of absence on that Monday. It has been my great pleasure to serve these two churches for the last ten years.

However, we still have four months to go which includes Ash Wednesday, Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Pentecost Sunday. This brings us to the readings for this coming Sunday, Transfiguration Sunday.

2 Kings 2:1-12 – Elijah is taken up to heaven by a whirlwind and yes, there are chariots of fire along with horses of fire in the scene. It is at this time that Elijah passes the mantel of being the prophet of God on to Elisha.

Psalm 50:1-6 – The Lord God calls upon the heavens and the earth to witness the judgment of faithful. The heavens declare God’s righteousness to judge.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 – We don’t see the light of God’s love in the glory of Jesus Christ because the world’s social, political, religious, and military powers, the powers and principalities, the gods of this world, has blinded us. Only the love of Christ that shines in love from each of us can change the hearts of others.

Mark 9:2-9 – Jesus, Peter, James, and John go up to a mountain where Jesus is changed and his clothes glow white. When the three disciples see Jesus with Moses and Elijah, Peter wants to put up three tents for them. A voice from heaven speaks to them with what I often call the Eleventh Commandment: “Listen to him!” Are we doing what God commands? Do we listen to Jesus?

I hope and pray that you will be moved to read all of the scriptures I have written about. What are your questions about them? How is God leading you and our churches into new life? Where can life blossom in the midst of a world of death? Blessing this week as you serve God by serving others.

Peace in Christ,
Pastor Gary Taylor

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