This Sunday's sermon was about "keeping the Elijah Chair". Elijah is the beloved prophet of God who was swept up into heave in a whirlwind and was said to return to herald the coming of the Messiah. This Sunday's gospel scripture is the story of the Transfiguration from the Gospel of Matthew where Moses and Elijah descend onto a mountain top and join Jesus. Moses' ministry parallels that of Jesus in that he was the liberator of the Israelite people and Jesus is seen as Christian as the spiritual liberator of humanity. The concept of the Elijah Chair in my sermon is not based on the Jewish custom of the Elijah Chair but on a concept I experienced working at a Lutheran Church camp as a young college student. Our Lenten series will be about "keeping the Elijah Chair"--that is, about anticipating and making space for those yet to come and those who are yet to join us in our lives, in our Church, etc... Attached is a link to one of the examples of a Church that I have found that I believe is an example of a faith community keeping the Elijah Chair and that is an example for us to reflect on.
Today's scripture is Matthew 7:1-12 & 24-27.
Our Broadway series is from Lent:
No Day But Today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh5JOqu1PLg
Seasons Of Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvyHuse6buY
Will I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okMdC9-YqrE
I'll Cover You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi9srqFqCFo