Many people have asked me how my recent trip to SE Asia went. On the occasions that I have haltingly tried to respond, I realize that if people really want to know, and I really want to answer, I have to include all the constituent parts of the trips, not only the lectures, but also the travels, because both parts play into "how well it went..."
When I talk only about the lectures, I feel like I'm missing something, because although they went very well, I have very vivid recollections of the excitement that was a part of the travel experience. I am going to tell you all about it, but suffice it to say that a reputable American carrier, left me in the lurch a bit. But I was in that lurch with about 250 other people for a time, and we had an adventure together. The important thing I went for, went very well indeed, but the most interesting part was the trip home!
Transfiguration Sunday, and the gospel text for it seem a bit odd, because it seems like we are hearing two different stories. In a way, we are, but in a way, we most certainly are not. Indeed, we are hearing the very important constituent parts of one story...what it means to worship.
Join us this weekend as we celebrate the transfiguration as one part of our worship. After seeing the real Jesus in the transfiguration, the second constituent part of worship (the part where he makes use of us), can almost be more exciting. We gather on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. I really hope to see you there!