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Getting Out the WORD - the transfiguration of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:15


the PRAYER. . .


Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts.  Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING. . .


Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved listen to him!"  Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.... (Mark 9:2-9 )

the DEVOTION. . .


This year, I noticed something new. . . something I'd never seen before...  The Jesus who came down the mountain was the SAME Jesus that went up the mountain!  We call it Transfiguration!  Transformation!  Metamorphosis!  And yet, from what I read, Jesus stayed the same!  Sure, his clothes became dazzling white! Elijah and Moses appeared with him! A cloud overshadowed them and a voice spoke! But Jesus was always... well... Jesus was always Jesus!


But, then, that just might be the “lesson”.  God calls! Enlightens! Makes holy!  Keeps! But we never really change! We’re never really all that different!  We don’t get “better”! We don’t become “more”!  When all is said and done, we continue to be the people we've always been. And that's good news!


God loves us! We don't have to become something “other”.  We don’t have to become someone “else”. All we have to do is be ourselves! That and encourage others to be who they are! All we have to do is become what we’ve always been. . . and permit “them” – whoever “they” are – to do the same!  After all, what can we say...  or do...  or think...  or feel...  to make god love us any more than god loves us...  right now!?! And what can “they” say... or do... or think... or feel... to make us love them any more than we do... right now!?!

bob barndt, pastor

Getting Out the WORD - the sixth sunday after the epiphany
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:31

the PRAYER. . .

Almighty and ever-living God, with mercy you look upon our weaknesses.  Stretch out your wondrous hand to protect us from danger and restore us to health, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING. . .

A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean."  Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!"      (Mark 1:40-45 )

the DEVOTION. . .


A man, so the story goes, comes to Jesus. . .  a man with leprosy. . .  a man with no name. . .  And, we're told, he's begging.  But, from what I can see, no requests are made.  No favors sought.  He asks Jesus for nothing!  Instead, he makes a simple statement.  A statement of fact. . .  A statement of faith. . .  "If you choose, you can!"


Stretching out his hand. . .  touching the man. . .  Jesus, too, makes a simple statement. . .  of faith and fact. . .  "I do and I will!"  And the man is made clean!


Made clean not because of his faith. . .  Made clean not because of his prayers or pleas. . .  The man who comes to Jesus is made clean simply because Jesus chooses!  Nothing more!  Nothing less!

bob barndt

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