Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Parish Picnic at River Legacy Park

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Special thanks to parishioners Weldon Waln and Meredith Killingsworth for sharing some of their pictures.

Also, here is that Old Testament story I talked about in the homily.

2 Kings 2:1-15
When the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to Bethel." But Elisha said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went down to Bethel. The company of the prophets at Bethel came out to Elisha and asked, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?" "Yes, I know," Elisha replied, "but do not speak of it." Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here, Elisha; the LORD has sent me to Jericho." And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So they went to Jericho. The company of the prophets at Jericho went up to Elisha and asked him, "Do you know that the LORD is going to take your master from you today?" "Yes, I know," he replied, "but do not speak of it." Then Elijah said to him, "Stay here; the LORD has sent me to the Jordan." And he replied, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So the two of them walked on. Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. The water divided to the right and to the left, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied. "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise not." As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, "My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them apart. He picked up the cloak that had fallen from Elijah and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. Then he took the cloak that had fallen from him and struck the water with it. "Where now is the LORD, the God of Elijah?" he asked. When he struck the water, it divided to the right and to the left, and he crossed over. The company of the prophets from Jericho, who were watching, said, "The spirit of Elijah is resting on Elisha." And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.

2 comments:

Courageous Grace said...

Hmmm...I wonder who that baby is under the hat?

All kidding aside, Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day and I am so thankful it turned out so nice. I just wish I could have heard your sermon. Can you post a text version of it?

Timotheos Prologizes said...

Sorry I don't have a text to post as it was "off the cuff." But here's the gist of it.

The text was 2 Kings 2:1-15, which is the story of Elijah's assumption into heaven and of his understudy Elisha taking up his master's mantle to continue his work with a "double share" of his spirit. That is an illustration of Jesus ascending with his hands raised in blessing, asking us to go back home and pray, awaiting the outpouring of his Holy Spirit. We take up his mantle by continuing Jesus' work and the inherited share of his Spirit is manifested in the works we do, the love we share, and the way we live.