Worship Blog: Tourist, Pilgrim, or Seeker?

Nothing Stays the Same … The Biblical narrative begins with a cosmic transformation. Chaos is contained and given order at creation. Darkness is balanced with daylight. With the fashioning of human beings, God is “finished” … Humankind sits at the apex of divine creativity. But here, the true work of transformation begins. What will define “the good life”? Who will determine the laws and commands by which human beings will live in community together?

The first eleven chapters of the Bible are tumultuous. Along with creation, there is temptation, sin and murder. There are multiple languages and floods. Towers are built with the idolatrous intent that humans will March 16 Map of Abraminhabit the heavens. Creation seems once again to disintegrate into chaos and confusion.

Then, along comes Abram. And with a call that seems to foreshadow Jesus’ cryptic command to Follow me, Abram hears from God, (immediately?) gets up, takes his family and their possessions and leaves home for a new land. The grand pilgrimage of faith has begun. And with that pilgrimage there comes a transformation – a “metamorphosis” that occurs over time. A relative ‘nobody’ becomes a set-apart ‘Somebody’ – God’s instrument of blessing and hope. It is a change that will continue to occur throughout the history of Israel. The metamorphosis will spread beyond a specific ethnicity, and so powerful will its force be that in a much later text we read the line: “Once you were no people. Now you are God’s people!” (I Peter 2:10).

Do we understand what has happened? Jesus, transfigured among us, is like the speck of yeast in the dough – because of what Christ has experienced and because of who he is, everything has changed. Now, we can truly know who we are.

Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-5    I Peter 2:1-10     Matthew 17:1-9

Message:  Ordinarily Tourists and Pilgrims. Called to be Seekers.

 

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Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.