October 2009 Weaver – From the Pastor|
|“Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.” Isaiah 32:3 NIV
Do you ever wonder if anyone is listening? I do. I am not sure if this is a malady of preachers or if it applies to all of us? I recall the experience of the new pastor who preached the same sermon four weeks in a row. After the fourth week the deacons confronted him. His response was: “I just thought I would keep repeating this one until you got it!”
Our lectionary readings the last few Sundays have been from Mark's Gospel and they have dealt with Jesus speaking clearly to the disciples about what it means for him to be Messiah. He is destined for betrayal, death and resurrection. The disciples do not listen. Or they do not comprehend what he is teaching. When they don't understand they are afraid to ask.
In the midst of all this I read the words of Isaiah used at the top of this article. Isaiah is speaking of the coming Kingdom – the one the disciples were looking for. One of the earmarks of that kingdom is that eyes will see and ears will hear. I guess we are not there yet. We still fail to see and hear. Even with all the modern technologies to correct our vision, improve our hearing – we fail to see and hear. When oh Lord, when?
Isn't it amazing that people who can spot a bit of dust on a coffee table or hear a sound in the night fail to see the needs around them or hear the cries of those in need? We have amazing ability to hear and see what we want but when it is something we don't – well, selective seeing/hearing?|
Or maybe we are just overwhelmed. We have seen and heard too much. With 24/7 news coverage we now know too much of war, famine, drought and political intrigue. We are bombarded by the hour with images that we never thought we would see. Our senses are becoming numb to the images projected on our television screens. It's not that we don't hear and see, it is that we have seen and heard too much.
In a few days our Evergreen ABC Association will have its annual meeting at FBC. The theme for this year is taken from the ABC Biennial theme: His hands, His feet. We will again be reminded that we are the hands and feet of Christ. We are the eyes and ears of Christ. We are the ones called to meet the needs of a broken and fallen world.
How? One person at a time. We may not be able to answer all the cries or see all the needs, but the one or two that confront us right now – we can meet. One person at a time hearing and seeing can change the world. Will you open your eyes to see and your ears to hear?
October Scripture and Sermons
World Wide Communion Sunday
Psalm 8; Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
“Reflecting God's Glory”
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Hebrews 4:12-16
Isaiah 53:4-12; Hebrews 5:1-10
Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 7:23-28
Can You Help? October 9-10, 2009
As we host the Evergreen Association Annual meeting we need some help—if you can help it would be greatly appreciated. We need:
Host and hostesses – come for it all or for a few hours – esp. on Friday evening and Sat. morning.
Dish washers – for after the Friday evening meal – with many hands this should go fast!
Let the pastor know if you are willing to help. All working together will help make this a great event in the life of our congregation and Evergreen!