Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Sinful Man

Isaiah 6:1-8 (with the children)

Luke 5:1-11

A story from vacation: kayaking in the marshes in southern Virginia Beach. We encountered a water snake, coiled and floating upon the water, head raised several inches above the water, poised to strike. Now, I don’t like snakes, but, even so, this dangerous creature was attractive.

What is it about dangerous things that is so attractive? Annie Dillard, in her memoir An American Childhood, wrote about a downed power line, sending off sparks and burning a hole through the pavement. Every time there is a snow fall in York County, there are a bunch of folks who hop into their 4 wheel drive vehicles just to see “how bad it is”. What is it about dangerous things that is so attractive?

We each have different tolerance for danger. Have you ever met the danger that is too big for you?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Cross of Christ

Galatians 2:15-21, 6:11-18

“See what large letters I write with my own hand!” (Galatians 6:11). Some see this as a reference to a vision problem. It is probably, however, a reference to a common letter-writing tradition in the first century in which a professional secretary would transcribe the dictated letter and the author would finish it off in their own handwriting, adding a more personal word (Hansen). In that case, Paul would be referring not to a problem with his vision but to the emphasis he gives as he closes out the letter and summarizes his theme – the cross of Christ. Like an email in all caps, like bold type and underscores, like multiple exclamation points, Paul is emphasizing. “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14).

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lift-off


The lifts are inspected and operational! We were instructed on Friday afternoon. Betty was one of the first ones to try it out. Wanda had some fun . . . good thing I was holding the camera when I was taking my first ride! (I was making faces through the door window.)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Safe Access update (3)


Lifts are inspected and will soon be operating! Ogontz Street entrance is being completely redone! Thanks to all for supporting this project financially and for continued support of our General Fund as well.