by the Rev. Christopher Potter
August 6, 2022
Feast of the Transfiguration
Jesus took with him Peter, and John, and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. ~ Luke 9:28
This is the opening passage from the Gospel on the feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus, on the calendar for today, Saturday. This scripture seems apropos as I sit to write this missive in my ‘new’ office where I look out my windows upon the panorama of Saddleback Mountain rising to greet me every day. The church offices have moved upstairs, up the curved steps near the gymnasium, or by use of the elevator near the steps. This move is to accommodate the call for greater security for the children of St. John’s School. Soon there will be a decorative gate between what was our office and the side of the church, and a means to funnel school-hours traffic through the office where Roger used to sit.
There are unforeseen benefits resulting from the move upstairs: I already feel the relationship building stronger between the school and the church. That we are sharing space with the wondrous and talented administrators of the school erases any residual doubt that our task is to work in union for the benefit of Christ and the world.
Another welcome development in our office – and for the entire campus – is that we have an upgraded phone system. None of our numbers have changed, yet we now have the advantage of forwarding calls and voicemail should they arrive when we are out of the office. The main number for the Church is still 949.888.4595.
This Sunday, at the 10 a.m. service, we will welcome FOUR new members of our family through the waters of Baptism. You have doubtless met Michael and John – twin 10-year-olds. They have been coming to Sunday services with dad, Stephen, for several weeks. Together, they will be baptized with Kaysar and Emma-Elizabeth Naqvi. It will be a big celebration as we welcome their decisions to walk the journey of faith with the Episcopal Church.
The readings from this Sunday speak well for the choice of being baptized and joining a community of faith. Especially in the Gospel, we hear Jesus reminding us that it gives God pleasure to give us the Kingdom (the Reign of God or the Pathway of Life). Hear that again: It gives God PLEASURE to give us the Kingdom! The word “give” is a verb which means ‘it has already happened,’ more like “have given.” It’s not something that we had to earn, or for which we will have to wait. It is already given. I will expound, this Sunday morning, on Jesus’ great metaphor of the wedding banquet; what ‘preparation’ means and what it means to be ready at any hour of the day or night, for we do not know the hour when the Son of Man will come.
Blessings to you and peace.
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We’ll see you at St. John’s this weekend:
• Saturday worship at 5 p.m. in the Chapel; potluck following
• Sunday worship at 10 a.m., in-person and on ZOOM (Sunday’s 8 a.m. service will resume September 18)
• Godly Play and Nursery at 10 a.m.
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We’ll see you at St. John’s!