Luther Seminary God Pause
Friday, 8/8/2014 Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
"So, where's your church?" I often get asked as I'm whipping up a latte for a customer at The Bridge who has just asked what I do. "It's right here," I reply. I must admit, I do like to see their puzzled faces in response to my unexpected reply. And they're right. If all they know and love is the traditional church with pews and organs and Sunday offering plates, sipping on a cup of coffee in a coffee shop hardly resembles the church!
Ah, but maybe it does. Do you sing and read scripture in church? We do too. Do you gather in small groups and pray? We do too. Do you love your neighbor and collect money for mission? We do too. We just do it differently.
In today's gospel, Jesus is calling us to do it differently. But his call is not just for the sake of being different; it is for the sake of those who need rescuing in a different way that meets them where they're at and bridges them with God's saving love. Oh, what can happen when we step out of the boat in faith!
Saving God, give us strength to step out of the boat for the sake of the world. Amen.
Elizabeth Reinking Pastor and Mission Developer, The Bridge Market and Faith Community, St. Charles, Mo. Master of Divinity, 2013
Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV)
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, "Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid." 28 Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." 29 He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
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