February 17, 2016

The first of the Lenten dinner/worship services is tonight. We’ll be gathering at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and hearing Susan Verbrugge preach, which will be especially fun for us from BPC who enjoyed her preaching for so long. Dinner is at 5:30 and the service begins at 6:15. Being able to hear good preachers is always a gift to anyone who preaches regularly, and it makes me smile that three of this year’s preachers are Presbyterian clergywomen!

It’s no surprise. We Presbyterians take the Word very seriously. This Lent I am focusing on our core beliefs. This coming Sunday’s text from Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi is a chance to talk about the cross. That might seem surprising this early in the season, but if we don’t understand how God uses—and doesn’t use—power, we are not very likely to make sense of the cross come Easter morning.
While I am struggling to write a meaningful sermon about the cross, many women in the congregation will go to the winter retreat, and hear about the meaning of God’s “glory.” What they are up to and what I (hope to be) up to are the same:  We’re all gazing at the invincible power of vulnerability and weakness, things the world generally puts no stock in. That the topics should have come together like this would surprise me except that the Spirit of God is ever at work making connections and bringing together things that look on the surface as if they were apart.
Hope to see many of you at dinner and in worship this evening.
Peace, Catherine

Scripture Readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalms 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35

The prayer list can be found here.