Sermon Introduction –
The disciples see Jesus walking across the water, and Peter tries to join him. It works for a short while, but then Peter begins to sink. Have you ever felt like you are being overcome by rough waters? Where do we find God in those moments?
Introduction to this week’s readings –
Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the refreshing bread and cup of the eucharist, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.