Monday Musings for 3.29.21

 

Dear Friends,

We don’t handle snakes in this church.  The only exception was when the “Reptile Guy” was our guest at Midweek and our children got to touch his 14-foot python.  But there are churches where snake handling is a regular part of worship.

Where did they get this idea?  They got it from the Bible.  Sort of.  It’s right there in red letters (meaning Jesus said it).  Mark 16:18. Except this part of the Bible was tacked on later.  Look it up.  You will probably find an asterisk and an explanatory footnote.  We’re pretty sure the Gospel of Mark, the way Mark wrote it originally, ends with 16:8.

We will talk about this and more Sunday, Easter Sunday, as we celebrate the Resurrection.

Episcopalians don’t handle snakes either.  In fact, it is # 1 on their list about what’s so good about being Episcopalian.

1) No snake handling.

2) You can believe in dinosaurs.

3) Male and female God created them; male and female we ordain them.

4) You don’t have to check your brain at the door.

5) Pew aerobics. (My interpretation: standing up, then sitting down, standing up, then sitting down . . . )

6) The church is color-coded. (My interpretation: each season of the church year has a different color.)

7) Free wine on Sunday. (Not hereSorry.)

8) All the pageantry, none of the guilt.

9) You don’t have to know how to swim to get baptized.

10) No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.

Easter Sunday is Communion Sunday.  If you are worshiping with us online at home, wine is OK.

In Christ,

 

John