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November 16,2014 Pent.23, Pr.28A
St. Francis Church
Rev. Jennifer Phillips
Judges 4:1-7, 1 Thess. 5:1-11; Mtt.25:14-30
I have by my desk a reprint of perhaps the world’s best loved and known painting ever Van Gogh's “Starry Night” painted late in his troubled life. Dark cedars sway ominously in the wind. When you see the painting live, you notice that there are bare patches of canvas, the paint went on hurriedly, perhaps with some desperation or distraction – visionary rather than perfect. Lines of foliage like ocean-storm waves seem to be rolling down from the hills as though to engulf the town. A little town gets ready for night, lamp-light still in some of its windows, and the pale needle of the church-spire pointing to heaven. The sky is alight – a gold crescent moon shimmers, the stars are haloed and pulsing with light. A great cosmic force of wind and turbulence swirls through the center of the sky – beautiful, terrible, awesome, promising change. It seems to both spiral in and spiral out at the same time in a mobius fashion. Will the little town survive these massive forces whirling around it? Will the small soul survive the churning of the universe around it? The church steeple says: this will endure, this direction is constant – and it doesn’t point indoors toward some shelter or refuge. It points straight into the heavens, into the center of the turbulence. It is where we also find ourselves. It is where we are sent.
[November 19, 2014] Applications and nominations are now accepted for high school teens to participate in the General Convention Official Youth Presence (GCOYP) at the Episcopal Church 78th General Convention to be held June 25 - July 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.
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