2017.03.30 16:37:55
April 2, 2017

Surprised By Life

Order of Worship

Dear Friends,

A popular colloquialism these days is "pivot." I hear it almost daily in regards to politics or business. It is a way of saying that there is a change or shift underfoot, maybe even a course correction. In our Lenten journey, I think this Sunday is our "pivot" into the Easter experience as we read the story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11:1-45. This dramatic story foreshadows the passion and the resurrection of Jesus.
There is a lot going on in this story and so as bible study, let me share with you some insights from David Lose, a biblical scholar and preacher whom I follow regularly. He suggests that by paying attention to the verbs in this narrative, the reader can be drawn in personally to what is happening to the characters. So, watch for the verbs - especially in 11:6 - "tarried" or "stayed;" 11:35 - "weep;" 11:43 - "come out;" and 11:44 - "Unbind him."
In reading this passage, think about applying these verbs to your own faith experience.
  • When have you known the pain of sensing God's "tarrying" or absence?
  • Recall a time when in deepest sorrow, you realized the presence of God with you in your weeping.
  • "Come out" is a call to leave behind what is old and dead in one's life and accept new beginnings. Does that resonate in any situations in your life these days?
  • And finally, "Unbind him." David Lose suggests that in responding to God's call to participate in the ongoing renewing and redemptive work in the world, we are made partners in God's work. What are you called to unbind or release or set free in your own life or in your community or our world?
This Sunday, we share in the sacrament of Holy Communion as together we pivot toward the drama of the cross and the promise of the resurrection.

See you Sunday,

Rev. Martha Wingfield


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