Almighty God, as you know, today is my last Sunday serving as a priest at St. Francis. Prayer is always a fitting response in times of transition, so what better way to spend this final time in the pulpit than in prayer? Today's reading from Genesis isn't quite about a departure, but rather a reunion between Joseph and his brothers who assumed that he was dead. Now, Lord, I know some of us complain about our families, but you sure did have your work cut out for you with this one. Those brothers wanted to kill Joseph, but Reuben convinces them to instead sell him into slavery. Well, as you would have it, Joseph rose through the ranks of Pharaoh's courts and became his right-hand man. When there was a famine in the land, and Joseph had instructed Pharaoh to build up a stock of extra food, his brothers journey from Canaan. Instead of telling his brothers who he is, he hides his identity and accuses them of being spies. As we heard today, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and the family rejoices for being brought back together. That day, the emotions ran deep.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
In the name of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Holy Eucharist is the principal act of worship on the Lord’s Day, or so our Book of Common Prayer tells us. As some of you may remember, when the current Prayer Book was published, there came with it a shift from Morning Prayer as the normative Sunday worship experience to that of weekly Eucharist. And with that shift, came a change of identity of who we are as Episcopalians. We are people of God who gather weekly around the altar to receive the gifts of God. Part of what makes us distinctively Anglican is the way in which our worship is patterned around the Table.