Reverend Rosslyn Duncan welcomed all to Worship, a congregation gathered for Transfiguration Sunday.
The scripture readings were taken from 2Corinthians and the gospel of Mark but Rosslyn also shared with us her insights into the deeds of the Old Testament prophet Elijah as told in the first and second Books of Kings. Elijah, the faithful prophet of God had stood firm against the prophets of Baal, proclaiming God’s Word to King Ahab and thereby accruing the wrath of Queen Jezebel.
Preaching on the ‘Transfiguration of Jesus,’ Rosslyn focused on those words which the disciples heard following their mountain-top experience - the words, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, hear Him’. These words Mark indicates had been kept secret by the disciples, until after the Resurrection. The words have such a sweet and profound significance, because in those words is the revelation of who Jesus is - God’s Son in all His glory. They reflect back to those Words spoken following Jesus’ baptism ‘You are My Son, the Beloved’, confirmation to the Man Jesus Who He really was.
The words also point to the post crucifixion words of the centurion ‘Truly, this Man was God’s Son’, God’s revelation to the Whole World though one who would have been seen as the enemy of the Messiah.
Rosslyn encouraged us to treasure those special times in our awareness of our Lord as we approach the season of Lent, just as His early disciples would have done as they walked with our Lord in those dark days ahead. The congregation affirmed that reality of Jesus’ divinity in the hymn ‘Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon the throne’.
Today (Thursday), St Bridget’s Fellowship Coffee 10am-noon. All Welcome. South Conservatory Craft Group 2-4pm
Fair Trade Fortnight -February 23 - March 8.
Goods on sale, Saturday, February 28, 10am-noon at South Church and on March 1 and 8 following morning worship
Next Sunday, February 22, morning worship 10.30am Dunnottar Church Reverend Rosslyn Duncan.
News from St James
The 10.30 service was a celebration of Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, led by Lay Reader, Anne Geldart, who began by asking for volunteers to help with the redecoration of the rectory in preparation for a new Rector. She also reminded the congregation that the Bishop would be with us to celebrate Ash Wednesday on Wednesday morning. On the next four Wednesdays, the morning Eucharist would be followed by a brief study programme, looking at ‘Praying in public’ or leading Intercessions. All are welcome!
The address, delivered by our other Lay Reader, Arma Iles, focussed on the Gospel of Mark’s account of the Transfiguration, which Arma suggested should be renamed ‘Terror on the mountain’. ‘Peter did not know what to say, for they were terrified’. Then just when they could bear it no longer, a cloud appeared and there came a voice ‘This is my son, the Beloved, listen to him’.
Fear is not good at any time, but certainly not when Jesus is giving his best friends a glimpse of glory. The other Gospels also tell of this event, and each refers to the fear of the apostles – and Jesus’ response that seemed to say ‘snap out of it’ – did he not understand their fear?
But for ourselves – sometimes we can become fearful of a danger in our own situation – new work, new surroundings, with new people? Today, she said, is a good day to reflect on how Jesus reacted to a fearful situation. How did he react to his ‘new job’
His Nazareth years are practically a closed book. But having been baptized by John, Jesus has the ‘green light’ for a new job, in new surroundings, among strangers – so – what does he do? He retreats to the desert to think things through with God, starving his body so that God can feed his spirit.
Jesus would not have issued the command not to fear so often if it had not been such a serious matter. But He knew, better than we do, how quickly fear can grow until it distorts every situation and circumstance. ‘With the Lord on my side, I do not fear’ sang the Psalmist (Psalm 118 v 6).
Surely we, knowing Jesus as Saviour can sing likewise!
Nathan led the communion at Stonehaven Baptist Church with a message another of the seven deadly sins: greed.
He spoke from the parable of the rich fool. This was a man who built bigger barns to contain all his possessions, planning to put his feet up and enjoy the fruit of his labours. Yet he was not rich towards God. He greedily amassed more, so he could “relax”. But God told this man, he was a fool – because that very night, his soul was required of him. What good will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul. Such a man also, was Pharaoh, king of Egypt in the days of the Exodus.
Pharaoh resisted the will of God continually, by not letting the Israelites go, and in the end, he, his court and his army were lost in the Red Sea.
When the Israelites stood on the shore of the Red Sea, with Pharaoh’s army behind them, and the water in front, they seemed to be literally at a dead end. Yet the waters parted and the Israelites passed across on dry land. #