Sunday, March 02, 2014

Instructed Eucharist V

Today was the last Sunday of my instructed Eucharist series.  We covered the Lord's Prayer to the dismissal.

The series had it's pros and cons.  Some people remembered the one I did from three years ago.  It was new to others.

But this one worked out well in that today was the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, which meant that we got the gospel readings about the Transfiguration.  I told the people that this was one of the readings I normally like to preach on, so I'd see if I could weave in a sermon into the last of the instructed Eucharist.

One person has said that the post-communion prayer is one of the greatest statements of our faith in the BCP (or words to that effect).

Eternal God, heavenly Father,
you have graciously accepted us as living members
of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ,
and you have fed us with spiritual food
in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.
Send us now into the world in peace,
and grant us strength and courage
to love and serve you,
with gladness and singleness of heart;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

That is the story of the Transfiguration.  The disciples couldn't stay on the mountain worshiping Jesus in the cloud away from everybody.  They eventually had to come down the mountain and do their job.  Likewise, we can't stay in the church worshiping Jesus away from everybody.  We eventually need to get out into the world and do our job.

That was the sermon tie-in and here endeth the lesson.


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