Date: May 14, 2017
“WAYS AND MEANS”
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 31: 1
16; JOHN 14: 1
GRACE COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, ASHEVILLE, NC
May 14, 2017
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Mount Shoop, Pastor
31:1 In you, O LORD, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to
shame; in your
righteousness deliver me.
31:2 Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily. Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong
fortress to save me.
31:3 You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and
31:4 take me out
of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.
31:5 Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful
31:15 My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and
31:16 Let your face shi
ne upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.
14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
14:2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I
have told you that I go
to prepare a place for you?
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to
myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
14:4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
14:5 Thomas said to him, “Lord,
we do not know where you are going. How can we
know the way?”
14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through me.
14:7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know hi
and have seen him.”
14:8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.”
14:9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not
know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you s
ay, ‘Show us the
14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words
that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Fat
her is in me; but if you do not,
then believe me because of the works themselves.
14:12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I
do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.
14:13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in
14:14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
emerge like we hav
n out at our farm
these last several
Their group emergence is so exactly coordinated th
at often they emerge in one
1000s of them ready to search for a mate and some ve
getation to eat. And, to
a primal shrill bottomed wit
h the hum of creatures who sound
It is the song of emergence, of transformation.
I’ve been watching them when I can
in the li
ght of day, in the moonlight. I’ve
them pour out of their husk and just begin to move a
round and let their wings adjust
to the air. I’ve seen them change color
from an almost ghostly white to the dark
and vivid red eyes that define them. I’ve seen some successfully enter
into their new
I’ve seen others where something didn’t go the way it should
way emerged and the process arrested.
17 years of growing from the size of an ant
to their adult size stopped right as they emerge.
I have to admit, I grieved for
after all that t
ime, and then the process just stopped. It felt crue