6/30/19 – God’s Chosen

Posted on : Jun 27th, 2019 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday’s text 2 Kings 2:1-14, focuses on the transition from Elijah to Elisha, as a spokesperson for God.  Elijah’s work comes to a dramatic close as the work of a new prophet, Elisha begins.  This text is filled with the anxiety of a novice, attempting to fill the shoes of a formidable and experienced, spokesperson of God.  For all of their differences, due to age and experience, both are selected to share God’s vision to both God’s people and God’s adversaries.  Please join us this Sunday as we reflect upon the common bond binding these two very different spokespersons for God together, in the sermon, “God’s Chosen.”

Blessings!

Howard Fauntroy

A note from Dan:

Hi Friends,

Our friend and co-moderator of our Church Council, Rev. Howard Fauntroy, will be preaching this Sunday.  Howard has chosen a most appropriate scripture lesson for this Sunday.

Laurie Fox and I will be at Altadena Community Church, UCC.  Altadena UCC was our shepherding congregation while we were discerning whether to become a UCC congregation.  Their Pastor, Rev. Joe McGowan was also my UCC mentor.  Joe is retiring this Sunday, so Laurie and I will be at Altadena to thank them for their guidance and leadership and to celebrate Joe’s retirement.  Another passing of the mantle!

Have a great Sunday with Howard, and I’ll see you all the following Sunday!

Blessings,

Dan

2 Kings 2: 1-2, 6-14

Elijah passes the mantle of leadership to

(from one prophet to the next!)

 

Now when God Our Creator was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; for God has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As God lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today God will take your master away from you?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent.” Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here; for God has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As God lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that today God will take your master away from you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know; be silent.” Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here; for God Our Creator has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As God lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah, took his mantle, and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes, and tore them in two pieces.

He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is Our Creator, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.

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