"And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, that God hath visited his people." Luke 7:16
Fr. Scott's sermon focused on this Sunday's Gospel lesson about Jesus raising a widow's dead son.
Life is weird, unpredictable, hard, and for atheists, without meaning. Atheists believe life is an accident - the world began for no reason, followed by billions of years of random events and poof here you are. Non believers spend their lives hoping none of the possible life altering tragedies (illness, accidents, failures, etc...) happen to them. Where do we turn after experiencing one or more life's tragedies? Is life really just a random series of events? We need to hear the line from the Gospel lesson - "God hath visited his people". The widow, having prepared her son's body for burial, is walking with the community to the burial site when everything changes for her. Christ has compassion on her. How awe inspiring! The idea that God cares is truly life changing. The witnesses to this event glorify God, believing they have witnessed a "great prophet".
While God may not show up in such a marvelous manner in our lives, we need to accept He has a plan. His will is better than what we come up with. Also, remember God will never give us something we cannot bear if we lean on Him. God is using your circumstances for His greater Glory and nothing that happens to us is without purpose. Let go, give your pain, anger, confusion, and control over to God, rest in the knowledge of His plan for your life. God has visited His people, God has visited you, let us glorify Him.
Please find Fr. Scott's complete sermon at the 21:50 minute mark at the following link:
Thank you Fr. Scott for your very thought provoking and heartfelt sermon!
Before services, Carol shared her homemade almond coffee cake - it was wonderful, especially with that first cup of coffee!!
After services, Rose Marie and Ambler provided a light lunch including meatballs, croissants, cheese & crackers, fruit, and chocolate chip bars!