Good morning. It is wonderful to be here with you this morning at OSA. I am grateful to Pastor John for inviting me to share the Word and to all of you for your warm welcome. I am so glad I can be here worshipping with you on this 25th Sunday after Pentecost, or, as I personally think it should be called, Apocalypse Sunday.
In our texts for today- both in Daniel and in Mark, we hear some pretty intense revelations about what is in store for us. Anguish. Wars and rumors of wars. Earthquakes. Famines. The end of the world. Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear street corner preachers shouting that the world is ending while I am just trying to make my way to the train, I’m not overly convinced. Or when I turn on the news and hear about those special folks who come out of the woodwork every few years to initiate the countdown to the last days, I kind of go woohoo those guys are nuts. That’s not my Christianity. But then there are Sundays like this one. When the texts for our worship are kinda like that. And when our scripture points so powerfully to the reality outside our church doors that we cannot continue our usual practice of ignoring apocalyptic Jesus.