WORSHIP TOGETHER | Sunday 9-4-2022

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Sunday, September 4, 2022
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

13th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 18

The Revised Common Lectionary passages for the Lord’s Day are:
– First Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-11
– Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
– Second Reading: Philemon 1-21
– Gospel Reading: Luke 14:25-33

The liturgical color for the day is: Green

We, the followers of Jesus, we are possession rich and we love our mother and brother, our father and sister…so why, why would the Jesus we love say such a thing?  Unless you give all that up you cannot follow…unless you give all that up you cannot “be my disciple.”  Why in the world would Jesus say that?

Ah, but see, that is his point.  We must get beyond the world.  We have to get beyond our relationships—important as they are.  We must get beyond our stuff—significant and weighty as it is.  We must get beyond all that in order to see the beyond this world that Jesus calls us to in seeking life in God. 

Our faith cannot be that one more thing.  Our faith cannot be like that overstuffed roller bag.  Our faith is not to be a sneaker, a sweater, or a hairdryer that we poke and push into the container that is our living.  Our faith is not a utilitarian thing that we drag out when it is needed, and other than that it is just on the stack.  Our faith is beyond that.  Our faith is bigger than that. 

Our faith is the whole bag.  Our faith is the whole enchilada.  Our faith is sum and total of all those individual pieces in our life.  Our faith is our discipleship.  Our discipleship is that which causes us to follow Christ rather than collapse under the immensity as one more thing is added to the overstuffed bag of our living.

And in all of that, where is God?  God is at the wheel.  God is at the potter’s wheel.  And our life is like that vessel.  God is shaping it.  Just as we, the clay, hurl ourselves off course or the forces of life push out to make us lopsided—oh, just then God is there shaping.  God is there bending down.  God is there moving us along.  God is attending to the vessel that is our life.

Rev. Dr. Daris Bultena
General Presbyter and Stated Clerk

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