Apalachicola, Florida
August 6, 2021
Y’all, it is Good for us to Come Together
in the Presence of the Lord
-- From Sunday’s sermon referring to August 6 -- The Feast of the Transfiguration:
 
  • Today in 1965 the Voting Rights Act was signed into law
  • Today in 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima
  • Today in 1911 Lucille Ball was born.
  • Two thousand years ago today, Jesus was transfigured.


Luke 9:28-36
Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly they saw two men, Moses, and Elijah, talking to him. They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” —not knowing what he said. While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my son, my Chosen; listen to him!” When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and, in those days, told no one any of the things they had seen. 
 

This pericope is read twice a year -- Annually on the last Sunday of Epiphany, and every year on August 6. When I read the story of the transfiguration this week, the one thing that really jumped out at me were Peter’s words to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here,” and God’s words reiterated from his baptism. “This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him.”
 
“Lord, it is good for us to be here.”
 
Y’all, it is good for us to come together in the presence of the Lord. It is good for us to be together in worship, to be together as a community, and to be together during these scary times.
 
“This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him.”

It is good for us to remember our baptisms and to realize that we do not have to be perfect.

It is good for us to remember that we do not have to have all the answers.

It is good for us to be together so that we remember that grace is powerful and that second chances are possible.

Most importantly it is good for us to be here so that we can proclaim that God exists, that love is real, and that the Gospel may yet change the world.
 
It is good for us to be here to live into our faith and not into our fear.
 
It is good for us to be together especially if we are vaccinated and masked. 

It is good for us to remember that the story does not end on the top of the mountain, but with the disciples coming down off the mountain, with strict orders not to tell anyone what they saw immediately, but after the resurrection.
  
It is good for us to be here together so that, together, we can come down off the mountain.
 
Y’all, it is good for us to be together. It is good for us to be here together and to meet one another, wherever we are on our faith journey. It is good for us to be together to proclaim God’s goodness during the pandemic and its associated messiness and dysfunction of our lives. It is good for us to come together and sing with the saints. It is good for us to come to together and break bread together. It is good for us to come together and remember that transfiguration can happen in our own lives. It is good for us to be here today so we can grow in our faith, support, and strengthen our community.
 
Please take the risk of encountering God, Christ, and a community bound by a faith that guides us in our lives through all perils. As we journey through this pandemic and as we change and vary our practices (perhaps even day to day) let us remember that it is good for us to be here and to be here together.
 
Eric+
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AROUND THE CHURCH
Monday School participants, including Jane Harris, Landy Luther, and Bob and Marlene Seaborn, are ready to watch and discuss another episode of "The Chosen". It's a great way to start the week - Mondays at 10 am in the Conference Room. Contact Eric to learn more.
Need A Notary?

Donna Knutson, our Parish Administrator, is also a notary and is available to notarize documents for members of the Trinity Community. Stop by the office if you have notary needs!
Penny's Worth Volunteers at Work
If it's Tuesday, you'll find Penny's Worth volunteers hard at work sorting and tagging merchandise, then getting it to the sales floor for shoppers. After a two-week shutdown for cleaning and organizing, Penny's Worth reopened this week with plenty of new bargains. Evelyn Ogilvie and Mary Ann Siprell (above); T McLain (below), turning donations into merchandise.
In Case of an Emergency

If you have a medical emergency or an accident, can someone easily and quickly notify your relatives and friends? Can someone check on your home? Feed your pet? Pick up your Mail?

Trinity has a solution -- the office maintains a file of your pertinent information and many of you have already signed up. You can complete a form -- In Case of an Emergency -- with names and telephone numbers of those who need to be contacted. If you need to update your form, stop by the office or send new information to info@trinityapalachicola.org. The form is available in the office or you can print a copy.
OUR GREATER COMMUNITY
It's hurricane season. Be sure you stay informed of storm tracks, evacuation notices, and other important safety assistance. Franklin County Emergency Management is your resource for storm alerts and other emergency information. Sign up here.
LAY MINISTRY SCHEDULE
August 8

First Lector & Psalm - Bonnie Stewart
Second Lector - Dee Crusoe
Prayers of the People - Tom Edwards
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Cancelled
Altar Guild - Susie Wagoner
Flower Guild - Patti McCartney and Dee Crusoe

August 15

First Lector & Psalm - Tom Edwards
Second Lector - Susan Galloway
Prayers of the People - Dee Crusoe
Lay Eucharistic Minister - Dee Crusoe
Altar Guild - Susie Wagoner
Flower Guild - Penny Marler
CALENDAR
Worship Services at 8 & 10:30 am Sunday, Eastern time

Church address: 79 6th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Office address: 76 5th Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320
Mailing address: PO Box 667, Apalachicola, Florida 32329

Phone number: (850) 653-9550