Daily Readings for Friday, September 18, 2020
- Morning Psalms 130; 148
- First Reading Esther 1:1-4, 10-19
- Second Reading Acts 17:1-15
- Gospel Reading John 12:36b-43
- Evening Psalms 32; 139
St. Mark Discover Sunday September 13, 2020
SCRIPTURE Romans 14:1-12
SERMON “Wearing Out Our Welcome” Rev. Dr. Dave Burgess
Westminster Confession of Faith Shorter Catechism Question One
Q. What is our chief end? A. Our chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy God forever.
Circling high in the sky, the big black bird caught my attention each time it could be seen in the gaps of my leafy umbrella, the canopy above my hammock, my refuge in the courtyard behind the house. Urabu. This local version of vulture was everywhere, there were always a few hanging around on the roof of a building down the street, and I remembered how hard my Dad and I laughed the first time we walked by it on the way to school and discovered it was a doctors office. I soon refocused on the task at hand- lying there, swinging slightly in the breeze, trying to decide which one of the mangoes above was the most perfectly ripe before climbing up to have a my delicious and very messy snack, when I was again distracted, this time by the amazing aroma that filled the neighborhood whenever the little corner grocery roasted coffee, which, because the folks in this small Brazilian town liked it fresh, was a frequent treat for the senses. Back to the mangos, but now what was that annoying beeping?
"I'm free!" We had moved the big round dining room table and replaced it with a hospital bed, and in the room where so many meals were shared, so many birthdays celebrated, he was able to share his final days surrounded by family and friends, visiting with them when he could, or listening to the voices of those he loved, and who loved him. I had rigged up a television so that he could watch the live feed from the Shuttle on the NASA channel, hours and hours just looking down on us all from orbit, and it was this view, and the sounds of love and laughter, that he took with him into the light, going home.as they brought him out of the hospital