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Oct 31, 2016


This Pulpit To Pew episode focuses on a much loved story from Jesus’ ministry on earth, illustrates how Christ always sees us, sees into our hearts, and is ready to draw us out of our brokenness and set us on the way to new life. Reverend Beverly Gibson shares her priestly origin story and some confessions of her personal life, as well as discussing the relevance of the see those that are "invisible" and the "invisible" being seen. Johnny Gwin inquires about the nature of a "Zacchaeus Moment" and the positive and negative aspects of being open, taking a chance, being seen and brought into the spotlight. Rev. Gibson challenges us to ask ourselves these questions: What gift is hidden inside you that is something that needs to come out and be seen? Plus, what am I doing with those gifts to improve my life and strengthen my family and community?

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{Editor's Note: This is an excerpt of Rev. Gibson's weekly Worship Notes}
The gospel lesson from Luke is the familiar story of Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in his region and this job had allowed him to become rich; he also happened to be “short in stature.” Zacchaeus wanted “to see who Jesus was,” and so he joined the crowd in Jericho, awaiting Jesus’ passing through on his way to Jerusalem. Because he couldn’t see over the crowd, Zacchaeus climbed a sycamore tree for a better view. As Jesus passed by, he looked up, directly at the little man, and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” Again, Jesus was choosing the company of the wrong sort of people, and the crowd grumbled. The effect of Jesus’ presence on Zacchaeus was immediate and powerful: he repented, not simply by adopting a new way of life in giving half of his wealth to the poor, but also by making amends through repaying four-fold what he had defrauded from anyone. Jesus announced to the crowd then, “Today salvation has come to this house.” This is the reign of God, coming into the world. Jesus went his way, on to Jerusalem. Zacchaeus stayed put, establishing new life in God right where he was. Jesus’ last line in this reading is a summation of his whole ministry: “the Son of Man came to seek out and save the lost.” Jesus saw what this man desired; he offered it to him, and Zacchaeus responded. This collaborator with the Roman authorities, despised by his neighbors as he grew rich on their suffering, is the one Jesus chooses and changes. What does this tell us?

10/30/2016 - Sabbadoodle (by: Johnny Gwin)


What you will hear:
> Retelling and insights of the much beloved Luke's story and lesson of Zacchaeus in the tree
> The significance of seeing and being seen
> Reverend Gibson's priestly origin story and confession of being a habitual volunteer, doer, and considerer.  She has no problems saying "sure" to opportunities.
> Jesus thoroughly and completely seeing Zacchaeus and truly knowing him. The power of those that feel lost or invisible being seen.
> Zacchaeus's immediate repentance and making amends based on Jesus's recognition and presence.
> Zacchaeus is very similar to many modern day Christians. Just a person with a lucrative job, unfortunately not liked by community, and a sinner. But he is not sick, afflicted, possessed, or seen as a tragic person which Jesus usually helps on his travels.
> What is a Zacchaeus Moment?
> Christ Church Cathedrals, new renovations and steeple are going to be a Zacchaeus Moment for the Christ Church Cathedral congregation.
> The positive and negative aspects of being open and seen.
> How SEC football fits into the planning of the Church Services
> The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison's book reference and it's relevance to today's lesson and modern society.
> The importance of the gifts hidden inside of us and how they need to be brought into the light.
> What are your God given gifts that can be shared with your community?
> Increasing your fullness of life and thus improving your life and honoring the gifts God has bestowed on you.
> Johnny's sketchnoting as a gift and why he shares it with the world.
> Jesus wants us to really live. To have the life that you want and can create.
> Rev. Gibson's joy of a holistic approach to administering the faith. Looking and caring for the whole person when working and counseling Parishioners.
> How religion should NOT infringe on being what you want to be, or having fun. Rules are there to live a better, more ethical, less dramatic life.
> Startup Podcast with Alex Blumberg reference - Jerry Colonna (The CEO Whisperer) and his advice on dealing with personal darkness and handling those issues.
> Lose illusion of yourself (previous episode). Take a truthful look at yourself at your weaknesses.
> Alex Blumberg's sharing his personal story on Startup podcast and his emotional outburst at his SWOT/360 work personality test.
> The swinging door of taking chances.
> Doing things for yourself but still consider the others in your life.
> Rev. Gibson shares her seminary, growing family & NYC story and trials.
> Giving birth to something is wonderful and new. It's amazing but also disruptive and stressful. It's how we handle those changes that reflect our character and spirit.
> Israelites time in exile and how it relates to our everyday modern life. During times of change and upheaval, we still need to be patient, pray, have faith in God and still keep living.
> Be gentle with yourself and learn to have "us" conversations more than "me" conversations.
> Only child Rev. Gibson's second confession of the day: monocular view of selfishness by giving away her time.
> Balancing life and hopes, dreams.
> Johnny admits to wanting to be next Evil Knieviel.
> The plus and the back of the "sure".
> Johnny's stereotyping of Old Testament Prophets. They all remind him of Doc Brown from Back To The Future. This is why Johnny draws the prophets, wild-eyed, crazy-haired and frustrated.
> Martyrs as "terminal witnesses," prophets, Habakkuk, and prophetic ministries explained.
> A signal was seen from the stars that may be an Extra-Terrestrial Intelligent (ETI) creation. Could it be real little green aliens?
> And as always, Beverly's parting words of "Amen."

Weekly Readings:
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

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