BCC Staying connected, Friday, May 1, 2020

Psalm 119:33-40; Isaiah 30:18-21; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; John 14:6-14

I’m a little later getting to write something for this day than usual.  I had to drive to West Hartford to pick up some masks a house giving out masks made by the women of a local church.  If there are any in our church whoever felt called to make masks to help protect others from Covid 19, let us know.

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t realize it was a Holy Day.  It’s not a Holy Day because it’s May Day.  The beliefs and practices behind May Day are so far removed from what the church would call a Holy Day that the Puritans outlawed the traditional practices.  Today is a Holy Day on the church calendar for the recognition of Saint Philip and Saint James, two of Jesus’ twelve disciples.  Philip and James are remembered as two of the disciples who did something with the word they were given by Jesus.  They shared it.

Last week I mentioned the line “keep the faith and the faith will keep you.”  To keep the faith doesn’t mean we keep it to ourselves.  One of the ways we keep the faith is by sharing the faith.  From the days when Philip and James walked this earth, many have followed in their witness of giving a good word to show people the way to walk Jesus’ way.  There are many good verses in the scripture of the day that pertain to listening to the word and sharing it.  The last verse in the passage from Isaiah keeps staying with me.  “Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'” 

May each of us be that good voice for all the people in our lives.

A prayer for the day from the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God,

who gave to your apostles Philip and James

grace and truth to bear witness to the truth:

Grant that we, 

being mindful of their victory of faith,

may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Tom