8:30 of course.
Bishop Robert Rimbo (Metropolitan New York) led our singing.
Bishop Margaret Payne (New England Synod) read from Philippians 3. I was struck by Paul’s claim to be blameless.
In the Isaiah 5 Vineyard Song, I recalled that Pope Leo X claimed that luther was the wild boar ravaging the vineyard.
Mark Hanson made us think, ruminating on a billboard he had seen, that said, “What in God’s name are you doing?”
What, in God’s name, are you doing?
Fed up with his wild vineyard, with its sour grapes, God at first pulls up the fence. Later, God tries a different approach. A stealth operation. God sends his own Son. The sweet wine of mercy and grace flows freely in the world. But the world cannot abide grace. The powerful cannot stand the idea that all are equal in God’s eyes. Te first are last and the last are first. The son is thrown out of the vineyard and executed.
All our acts of pious devotion, all of our righteous works that Paul mentions are but rubbish (and you all know what that word realt means). All our efforts are crap. “I consider them not worth knowing Christ and being innChrist.
I want to know Christ and be where Christ is. The live in him and know the power of his resurrection. I want to live in his grace, mercy and compassion. I want to be where Christ brings mercy to those who are abused. Where christ brings compassion to those who have insufficient food or water. Where Christ brings hope to those who are oppressed. This is who we are. This is where joy is found. This is what in God’s name we are doing.