As a newly-ordained pastor read a local newspaper, his eyes fell upon an obituary. As he scanned the details of that person's life, he noticed that a sister was a member of his congregation. His training in pastoral care quickly brought him to his member's home. Nervously he rang the doorbell. When no one answered, the pastor decided to check the back door. As he rounded the corner of the house, singing filled the air. The tune and the hymn were recognized immediately: "Despair Not, O Heart, In Thy Sorrow." It was one of the finest funeral hymns in his hymnal.
The word epiphany is from the Greek and refers to the experience of a sudden and amazing realization. Usually it’s applied to a scientific or philosophical/religious breakthrough, but it can apply in any situation in which a brilliant insight gives a person a different perspective on life or a problem s/he has been considering. For example, Archimedes’ famous shriek of “Eureka!” came as he was in the baths, contemplating yet again the difficulty of determining if a given mass would float.
Ron Love Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 Imagine a worship service, a sharing of scripture and interpretation, that went on from dawn until midday. How would you respond? In many of our mainline churches a worship service that last more than an hour risks negative comments to the pastor. “Worship was too long.” “I have other things to do today.” “Can’t you try to keep worship to an hour?”
Some time ago there was a series of programmes on BBC 2 on the recent history of the Catholic Church. The series was called "Absolute Truth", and one programme looked at Catholicism in the developing parts of the world. It studied the work of liberation theologians in Latin America, particularly Leonardo Boff and Oscar Romero.