Then [God] said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5, NRSV)
Have you ever experienced one of those moments in your life when you knew that God was present with you? Perhaps like Moses, you suddenly realized that the ground on which you were standing or the moment was somehow filled with God’s presence.
For many of us, the sacraments in the life of the Church are opportunities to share in those sacred moments that help us to feel closer to God. In the United Methodist Church, we celebrate two sacraments: baptism and holy communion. Other Christian denominations may celebrate up to seven which include the two mentioned as well as marriage, confession (or reconciliation), anointing of the sick, confirmation, and ordination. While the other five may not be officially recognized sacraments in our tradition, they are certainly still sacred moments in our life together in the body of Christ. In these holy celebrations together, we discover God’s grace and God’s presence with us. This summer, in the main sanctuary at Birmingham First, I hope you will join me for a series entitled, Sacraments and Sacred Moments, which that begins this Sunday, June 10.