Call To Worship (from Psalm 78:23-29) Right: The Lord commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; Left: he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. Women: Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance. Men: He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; Back: he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; Front: he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings.
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I have just recently returned from an out-of-town trip, and as I read our selected passages for this week, I find myself reminded of the days leading up to that trip. With a few exceptions, most of the traveling that you and I do is known in advance and planned. And therefore the days leading up to our departure are filled with deliberate preparations.
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2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 In an economy like ours that values flexibility, experience and loyalty matter less and less (Alan Wolfe, Moral Freedom: The Search for Virtue in World of Choice, pp.23ff .). The loyalty to legacy is what this story of Elijah and Elisha’s loyalty to the former’s prophetic legacy is all about.
Faith involves this kind of loyalty to roots. What Pope Paul VI once said about the liturgy could be applied to Christian life in general:
I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. I'm suggesting that we are in a battle for the soul of the whole church in our time.