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I Saw the Lord

. 3 min read

2013/07/07
Christ Church, with Holy Communion

Children, Luke 5.1-11
Message, Isaiah 6.1-8
 
Background:
            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”
 
The Encounter
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)
 
            John
Chrysostom:
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
            My call
                        Video,
“Who Is God?” – not being good enough, but being loved
                        Preaching
Jesus in communist Russia!
 
            Isaiah’s
call
                        your
guilt is forgiven, sin atoned for
                        Whom
shall I send?
                        Here
am I, send me
                        grace
leads to mission
 
            Our call
                        no
vision required …
                        Encounter
with God
                                    “This
has touched your lips” – coal, the host
  
Resources:
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.
Downers Grove, IL:
InterVarsity Press.
 
Evagrius, in
Bernard Bangley, editor. 2007. By Way of the Desert: 365 Daily Readings. Paraclete
Press.
 
Annie
Dillard, as recalled from a magazine quote published years ago