Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 9:00am and 10:30am
Well this week concludes our Intersection Series. We’ve had quite a ride through Toy Story, The Sound of Music, the Beatles, Wicked and then technology. Sunday we will wrap it up with a look at The Greatest Showman. If you have not seen this musical, I highly recommend it!
It is based on the real-life visionary P.T. Barnum and the rise of his show business which rose from nothing to become a worldwide sensation. Throughout the story Barnum meets various misfits sand encourages them to participate in his show…to step out of the shadows and be seen. At one point, the characters unapologetically claim their selfhood in a moving number called “The Is Me.” (Our very own Olivia Hardy, Sonja Hershkowitz and Nancy Cochran will bring this song to life in a new way for us on Sunday.)
While I watched this movie, I was again and again reminded that we are all created in the image of God. We cannot diminish ourselves because when we do, we diminish God. Our world seems to continually promote ideas, images, and ideologies of fear and sometimes it can feel scary to be ourselves. But I am reminded of 2 Timothy 1:6-7 “I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love.”
We must grab hold of the person we were created to be, confident that it bears the very image of God. And then we must live that out fully. As St. Catherine of Siena says, “Be who God created you to be, and you will set the world on fire.”
I hope to see you at 8am, 9am and 10:30am!
Peace in Christ,