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From Pastor Nancy:

Do you all know the hymn I Know Not Where the Road Will Lead? The first stanza is this:


I know not where the road will lead
I follow day by day,
or where it ends: I only know
I walk the King's highway.
I know not if the way is long,
and no one else can say;
but rough or smooth, up hill or down,
I walk the King's highway.


This hymn makes me think of a quote from the opening pages of Robert Macfarlane’s book The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, “Much has been written of travel but little of the road.” How much do we like to talk about the destinations and not of the roads? Roads can be rough or smooth, up hill or down. 

We are in a season that many are on some rough roads. We find ourselves each week lifting up prayer requests and at the heart of our prayer is the hope that those on the rough roads might find some smooth patches soon. The truth is however we know not where the road will lead. 

For the month of November, we are taking a look at the journey of St. Peter. Simon Peter, as he is also known, often didn’t know where the road would lead. When he left his fishing vocation behind, he didn’t know where the road would lead. When he came down the mountain after Jesus’ transfiguration, he didn’t know where the road would lead (although Jesus gave them some hints). When Jesus said, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it,” he really did not know where the road would lead. He had just answered Jesus’ question and proclaimed that he was the Messiah.

Peter, because he is the first to declare Jesus is the Messiah, is depicted as the steward of the church—why in art you will see Peter with a set of keys in his hand. In recent years some have suggested that the Greek word that means "rock" did not refer to Peter but only to his "faith." Let's call this the "little rock, big rock" theory. It claims that Peter is a little rock and his declaration (Jesus is the Christ) is the foundation of the Church. The Greek text of the passage says, "You are Peter (Petros) and upon this rock (petra) I will build my Church." (Matt. 16:18-20) In modern Greek, the name Peter, Petros, means "small stone" and Petra means "stone." The theory proposes that Peter was only a little pebble and unimportant, while the big rock was the "declaration that Jesus was the Christ" of several verses earlier.

This feels a bit like talking about the travel and little of the road. Peter was on the road with Jesus. It was not a smooth road. There were rough spots and when he was needed, he became the foundation of the future community, the church.

-Pastor Nancy

Fulton First United Methodist Church
200 Carr St., P.O. Box 1386
Fulton, Kentucky 42041
Church Phone: 270-472-3514
Rev. Nancy Johnston Varden, Pastor

 

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