World Communion Sunday

October 8th, 2012 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

October 7, 2012

Listen to Semon

Contemporary Testimony:  excerpted from The Nasty Bits by Anthony Bourdain.

Words fail me. Again and again. Or maybe it’s me that fails the English language. My depiction of the day’s rather extraordinary events is workmanlike enough, I guess…but, typically, I fall short. How to describe the feeling of closeness and intimacy in that otherwise ordinary-looking kitchen? …How do I make them as sympathetic, as beautiful, in words as they were in reality? “Without the seal, we would not be here,” said Charlie. “We would not be alive.” A true enough statement, but not an explanation. You’d have to have felt the cold up there, have seen it, hundreds and hundreds of miles without a single tree. You’d have to have gone out with Charlie, as I had, out onto that freezing bay, a body of water nearly the size of an ocean, watched him walk across a thin, tilting layer of ice to drag the seal back to the canoe. Heard, as we did, the resigned calls from other hunters over Charlie’s radio, stuck out in a blizzard for the night, realizing they would have no shelter and no fire. You’d have to have been in that room.

Biblical Testimony:   I Kings 17:7-16

Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs toSidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.