Lenten Worship Series: “Holy Vessels"
March 1-April 13, 2017
"Ordinary pieces of tableware or beer or soda bottles are flung into the ocean. Years pass, or decades, and thence day, there it is upon the shore: a small shard from one of those long ago discarded object. Shifting current have rounded its edges: abrasion has polished it surface: exposure to the sun has altered its hue. And so, when we happen upon it, here amidst the shells and seaweed we can’t help but laugh with joy at what seems a miracle: this ordinary fragment of silica that time and adversity have transformed into something beautiful."
From Writers at the Beach
I like this image of the sea glass as a motif for our Lenten season this year. Most sea glass began as regular glass the is cast over board as trash. Over time, with the churning of the sea and the constant motion of sand, salt, water, and sun, it is transformed from trash to treasure. In fact, sea glass is classified as a gem. I think our Christian journey is like that. It is a refining process and it takes time and patience. Sometimes this Christian journey will lead us down paths that we would never choose to go. Other times, because of life choices we make, we experience pain, suffering. I have experienced times in my life that I have been broken and crushed by hardships of this world and at my own design.
God takes us as we are—crushed, discarded, broken, and pieces cast away into the ocean—and through grace creates a new precious gem. Join us for this Lenten journey as we explore the texts that have shaped us into God's "Holy Vessels."
"Treasures in Jars of Clay"
"For God, who said, 'let light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.'
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. ….[B]ecause we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus…Therefore we do not lose heart."
—II Corinthians 4:6-9,14-16
I look forward to the next six weeks as we explore what it means to become Holy Vessels for our Lord.
Grace and Peace.