A postcard for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost 08/28/22
It is amazing what you see, if you take time to look.
Earlier this month, as I arrived at Messiah in Heflin, a large white bird near the lake shore caught my eye. I often enjoy the geese that frequent the lake, but this was the first time I had seen a bird of this size.
It was Confirmation Sunday, so I had gotten to church early with a whole long to do list to make sure that everything was ready for the Bishop and to celebrate our new members. Because I was early, I was the first one at the church and had time to take a closer look. Also because it was confirmation Sunday I had my good camera with me.
I stood and watched for a moment. As I stepped a bit closer, the bird noticed me. I knew that I was running out of time, so I began taking photos. Sure enough, the bird took a few steps, and stretched out their wings and took flight.
I consulted my bird identification app on my phone, which told me this was a Great Egret and common to the area. It may have been a common bird, but it was an uncommon experience for me. I’m glad that I got to church early that morning, and that I took time to appreciate God’s beautiful creation.
A sermon for the Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Heflin, Alabama, on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, 08/28/22:
Principal text: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
- September 4 – St. Barnabas, Roanoke — 13th Sunday after Pentecost
- September 11 – Messiah, Heflin — 14th Sunday after Pentecost
- September 18 – St. Paul’s Greensboro —15th Sunday after Pentecost
- September 25 – Messiah, Heflin — 16th Sunday after Pentecost