The celebrant and preacher this Sunday will be The Reverend Marshall Craver. As priest associate at the Cathedral, Marshall is on campus every Monday and Wednesday to facilitate adult formation offerings and to engage in spiritual direction. One Sunday each month, he is in the pulpit and at the altar. We are thankful that Marshall and his wife Jan are with us to share their wise and gentle gifts, and I am thankful to be sharing ministry with him.
The lessons from scripture this week teach us about God's abundant presence with us in this world. As we continue our reading in Exodus, we will hear Moses ask God to see his "glory," a request that God grants, with care to protect Moses from its overwhelming power. Paul writes to the Thessalonians in order to encourage them in their growing faith; the gospel's effectiveness can be seen, Paul tells them, by its spreading throughout their world. The welcome they have shown to others has helped accomplish this.
And in the gospel lesson, the Pharisees and Herodians attempt to entrap Jesus on the issue of paying taxes; to approve the tax would offend Jewish nationalists, while denouncing it would be treason. Jesus asks whose head and whose title is on the coin and then tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him-and give to God what is God's. Clearly, the coin is the emperor's. What is God's? Our whole being, our love and our service.
Come and experience the joy of worship this Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral and feel God's loving presence among us.