I Saw the Lord
, with Holy Communion Christ Church
InterVarsity Press. Downers Grove, IL
Children, Luke 5.1-11
Message, Isaiah 6.1-8
read as a guide to worship order
source for the first response of the Great Thanksgiving
read as a personal call story
John 12.41, “Isaiah ... saw [Jesus’] glory and spoke about him”
God meets us where we are
in our grief – hem of the robe, “extremity of his train”
in our sin – “unclean lips”, coal to his lips
God meets us
seraphim (fire serpents)
2 wings cover face – before the glory of the Lord (Ex 33.18-23)
2 wings cover feet – before the holiness of the Lord (Ex 3.5)
2 wings fly – to obey the word of the Lord (Ps 104.4)
Do you desire to learn how the powers above pronounce that name; with what awe, with what terror, with what wonder? ... But you, in your prayers and supplications, call upon him with much listlessness (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, OT X, Isaiah 1-39)
God is always there to meet us
Evagrius (The Way of the Desert) – made to be close to God ... tears at what we miss
Annie Dillard on worship – crash helmets and life preservers, lash us to our pews
The Call: God calls us
Video, “Who Is God?” – not being good enough, but being loved
Preaching Jesus in communist
your guilt is forgiven, sin atoned for
Whom shall I send?
Here am I, send me
grace leads to mission
no vision required ...
Encounter with God
“This has touched your lips” – coal, the host
John Chrysostom, in Steven A. McKinion, editor. 2004.
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, OT X, Isaiah 1-39.
Series editor, Thomas Oden. Institute of Classical Christian Studies.
Evagrius, in Bernard Bangley, editor. 2007. By Way of the Desert: 365 Daily
Annie Dillard, as recalled from a magazine quote published years ago