PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
March 17, 2019
Worship this week falls on St. Patrick’s Day. When Patrick was a teen, he was abducted, taken to Ireland and sold as a slave. He spent six years in captivity before escaping and making his way home to England. Following his ordination into the priesthood, he has a vision calling him to return to the island where he was enslaved. He goes and becomes Ireland’s greatest missionary.
In our gospel lesson this week (Luke 9:37-43a), Luke tells us what happens next after Jesus’ transfiguration. He and the disciples come down from the mountain. They are greeted by a large crowd and a desperate father pleads with Jesus to cure his son of his violent seizures.
While on the mountain, Peter suggested they create a worship space to bask in the glory of what had taken place. But instead, Jesus takes them back down the mountain and they are once again asked to respond to the needs of others. Patrick is called by God and he goes to the place where he was held captive as a teen and he responds to the needs of others. We too may be tempted to want to remain in our comfort zones. But Christ calls us to come down from the mountain, to go where we are needed, to respond to the needs of others, even if it is uncomfortable for us to do so. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.