Welcome to this week’s E-Bridge
February 16th is Transformation Sunday; a mountaintop experience!
The texts are the familiar texts for the Sunday – but nothing is familiar to the participants;
From the reading in 2 Kings we hear the voice of Elisha. From Mark we hear the voice of ?
SPECIAL SERMON ON GLOBAL WARMING THIS SUNDAY
2 Kings 2:1-12 (NRSV)
1 Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
2 Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
3 The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.”
4 Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.
5 The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
7 Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
8 Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.
9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.”
10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.”
11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven.
12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
Some thoughts on the Text
The New Revised text is about so much. As always, the power and greatness of Elijah are expressed by the author in terms of legend and miracle. According to biblical tradition only two me were Enoch and Elijah were worthy to be taken up by God without having to die.
Seeing Elijah leave was like seeing the dead body of a loved one — it helped bring home the reality. Seeing the master go made it clear that now it was up to Elisha. The spirit he so admired in another now resided in him
How much young Elisha had want to stay with the old master. Were all like that I’ll stay with you, do not leave me, we hold on fearful to let go.
The importance of being silent. My old Oxford translates that as “hold your Peace”. How many times do we want to blurt out – interrupted – be silent, the text says you will have your time –
Mark 9:2-9 (NRSV)
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
3 and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.
4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
6 He did not know what to say, for they were terrified.
7 Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
8 Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
9 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
Reflection: so expected of a man’s answer. When there is something different, a problem issue we want to fix it. The disciple solution here is to build something. It will keep them busy – and away from the real mission – that was of course to retune back down the mountain and do the work of God.
Bottom line is that, for while Jesus takes his disciples with him up the mountain, after the period of revelation, transformation, and transfiguration, they come back down again. Jesus will take you up the mountain but Jesus expect you go back down and get dirty.
SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SUNDAY; SENDING GOD A VALENTINE –
We gather with over 3100 other houses of faith from 47 states across the nation who are addressing this issue. For more information you can reach them atwww.interfaithpowerandlight.org. We will have information at a table (not a booth) in fellowship hall. There you will find flyers, postcards and other assorted material for your personal education about the issue of global warming.
Our Retail Gift Card Program is running smoothly. If anyone is interested in purchasing gift cards for any of the hundreds of retailers available, please contact DeAnna Imbro by leaving a message with the church office: 203-888-6729. Remember, Easter is right around the corner!
Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 15th, the Choir will be starting to rehearse a new Cantata “Sanctuary” to be presented on Palm Sunday in Celebration of the Life of Regina Poniatowski, given by her family and friends. We’re inviting people that like to sing to come join us, be a “Sometime Singer” and sing in the Cantata and for Easter. Grab your coffee and come up to the Choir Room at 11:30 this week! No experience necessary. See You I hope!
Is any member of your family having a birthday or anniversary? Why not surprise them and put flowers on the altar for their celebration? Or remember a loved one. Flowers mean so much. Our Flower Chart in the hall is completely empty for February and March. Calling YOU to please sign up!!
Tag Sale date will be Saturday, May 2nd, 8 am – 2 pm. Members who would like to unload some items can rent a table for $20. A sign up sheet will be posted in March for those wanting to rent a table and for volunteers to help set up/tear down, work at the sale, etc. Please hold off bringing in items until the week following Easter (April 6). Any questions, contact Laura Thompson. Thank you!
The Prayer Chain is open to everyone.
There is an amazing strength from the power of prayer.
To have your email address added to our prayer chain, so you will receive notifications of those in need of prayer, let Teresa Kregling know at firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK CLUB: Our book club meets the first Friday of each month. We each take turns picking a book of our own choice and then the discussion takes place in our home. Books of every genre are chosen which makes for lively discussion. For more information contact Karen Baker.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY – Are you interested in being a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry?
Shawls are given to bring comfort to those who have suffered a loss, an illness or some misfortune. For more information go to www.shawlministry.com.
To request a shawl, or to become a member of this ministry, leave a message for Lynda at the church office 203-888-6729.
Monday, Feb. 16
3:30 PM Weight Watchers
Tuesday, Feb. 17
6:15 PM Girl Scouts #135
7:00 PM Council meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 18
7:00 PM Ash Wednesday Service
Thursday, Feb. 19
7:00 PM AA
7:30 PM Masons
OFFICE HOURS THIS WEEK
Reverend – Tues., Wed. & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
Administrative Asst. – Tues., Wed., & Thurs. – 9:30 AM-1:30 PM
Rev. Ed is here Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 9:30 AM until 4 PM. He would like to meet members of the congregation, and puts morning hours aside for that. Please call first if you plan to come in the afternoon as Rev. Ed goes out to visit at that time.
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