It is the holiest of days. And on this holy day, the day of atonement, a man stands alone inside the great temple, stands at the very heart of the temple itself, stands in front of that place named the holy of holies, the very mercy seat of God. A massive curtain soars above him dividing off this holy of holies from the rest of the temple. One man alone comes this far, daring to tread upon this most holy of ground. Dressed in the robes of the high priest and serving in that office under call from God, this one man alone is permitted to undertake the ritual that now follows.
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Self-Serving by David O. Bales Psalm 112
Pastor Moen scooted aside his computer keyboard and grabbed a pencil. What he was going to write needed careful attention to every word, to the point of feeling what he wrote. He resolved to represent Jesus Christ and not to allow his negative feelings to overwhelm God’s grace. After a gaze at the ceiling with one last sigh of prayer, he began:
As God's people we have a choice to make about what sort of covenant we want to live with. In Jeremiah the Lord compares what the people received under divine leadership and guidance, and what awaits those who choose gods that are not gods. The author of Hebrews reminded the people of just how scary that whole Mount Sinai business was and how disastrous the results compared to the boldness in which we approach the living temple and the lamb of God.
The wedding season starts around Easter each year, heats up during June, July and August, begins to quiet down during September and is usually finished by October. It can become quite hectic if most Saturday afternoons of the three summer months are taken up with weddings, but they are usually fun to conduct and a real privilege for the priest.