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Dear Friends in Christ,

Summer Sundays: Signs and Wonders

The days are still bright, and long. School is rumbling towards a restart, but for now, for a couple more weeks of August, it is summer. On the first Sunday of each summer month, we have been worshipping outside on the lawn. We call it “Holiday Weekend Worship.”
August’s first Sunday is the holiday known as the Transfiguration. At a certain point in his ministry, Jesus went up a holy mountain with a handful of close disciples, and as they watched in wonder, they saw him transfigured – glowing brightly, and accompanied by Moses and Elijah, the ancient representatives of God’s Law and Prophets. As the vision faded, they heard the voice of God: “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
For most of his life, Jesus did not walk around in glowing clothes, frightening people with his radiant face. He looked like anyone else. He identified with ordinariness, with us. Yet his grace illuminated everything that he did, and everyone whom he touched.
Later in August, if the skies are clear, we are scheduled to see a solar eclipse. Here on the north coast, we will witness up to 80% of the total eclipse – a remarkable event. We tend to take our bright universe for granted, barely noticing its wonder until something out of the ordinary draws our attention to it.
This summer seems like a good time to take stock of the blessings with which God has endowed us: all of creation within which to live; and the remarkable life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, whose extraordinary love for each of God’s children was clothed in the everyday, but which could shine out unexpectedly from the mountaintop.
Rosalind +