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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

January 17, 2014


I grew up in a city, and don’t have my roots in the earth like those who plant and harvest. But as my years in the ministry roll on, I find that I am quite tied to the cyclical season of the Church.

Advent gives way to the Christ Child at Christmas. Jesus is baptized, begins His ministry and then journeys to Jerusalem and the Cross. The Last Supper. Betray. Trial. The Cross. Death. Burial. Resurrection. The summer months continue as we explore more of the stories of Jesus. Soon it is Advent and the cycle starts all over again.

It feels right to me. I see a never-ending wheel of what we observe during the Church Year.

But the other day, in our Wednesday Session, I came across something else. We are following the series, “Painting the Stars.” In the study it told how in Agrarian societies, the focus was the circling of the seasons. Plant/Harvest/Fallow Time.

But something happened when the Jews began to understand their calling on the world stage. They saw the promise of a better future, and this promise carried them forward and they were no longer just following only a circling of the seasons. Their promise of a better life; a closer relationship with God saw them focusing on the future.

This Sunday, we will see the Gospel of John version of the Baptism of Jesus, and we see the very first of the Disciples hear Jesus calling them and they follow. Says the writer, Bruce Sanquin:

(Jesus’) challenge to his core disciples to “follow him” implies a momentum that he is already embodying. He did not say, “Come, sit and meditate with me and be liberated from suffering.” Following him was no escape from suffering, but rather involved a radical willingness to embrace it.”

Seems to me that what is being said is…when you follow Jesus, you are moving forward in triumph and tragedy.  And so we shall.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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