This final Sunday of Epiphany we attend to the wisdom contained in our own shared sanctuary. It holds symbol and sign; sacrament and spiritual history. We wonder, too, at how the sacred space expands to hold us – even as we cross distances and each inhabit our own, smaller, sanctuaries. Cassie Davies-Juhnke will deliver a sermon written by Elton Brown, long-time pastor of PPUMC, in 1986, while he was appointed here.
“Images of the Sanctuary,” a meditation referencing Psalm 63:1-7 and 1 Corinthians 10:1-4.
Written by Rev. Elton Brown for Sunday April 20, 1986.
Presented by Cassie Davies-Juhnke for Sunday February 7, 2021.
From Psalm 63:2-3 (Common English Bible) – which we read together as we began worship:
Yes, we have seen You in the sanctuary; we’ve seen Your power and glory.
Our lips praise You because your faithful care is better than life itself!
1 Corinthians 10:1-4a (Common English Bible)
[Beloved in Christ], I want you to be sure of the fact that our ancestors were all under the cloud and they all went through the sea. 2All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3All ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink.