Go Tell It on the Mountain
There is a real beauty in getting to the top of a mountain. Enjoying or enduring a hike up a mountain is usually worth it for the view at the top of that mountain. If you are like me, a couple of things tend to happen once you make it to the top. First, a good rest is usually required while catching one’s breath, followed by a time of silence and appreciation of the view. I have been on a few mountaintops with some of the most talkative people in this world yet seemingly everyone gets quiet, at least for a minute, to take in the beauty of God’s creation. During that time of silence and quiet I often reflect on the hike up, thank God for the view and God’s blessings, and I have also found it a bit easier to hear from God on the top of the mountain. Following this time of peace, silence, and gratitude my next instinct is usually to disturb all that serenity by shouting something as loud as I possibly can to hear it project and echo through the mountains. If you are still a child like me, you can’t resist shouting something, usually something funny, once you get to the top of a mountain; it’s one of the real payoffs for hiking up the mountain in the first place.
This week in our sanctuary services we will discuss the mountains as a place of proclamation. The mountains are not only a place for God’s preachers and prophets to proclaim a word of good news, but the mountains can also be a place for God to proclaim a word to God’s children. We will examine the ways in which we are called to boldly proclaim God’s word, and also how God tends to reveal God’s message to us. I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday as we together proclaim and participate in God’s good news.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Colin Snider