Among the last words that Jesus issued to his disciples in his Olivet Discourse (Mark 13) was the admonition to” Watch” or “Stay Awake. ” In essence it was a call to take up the mantle of a prophet and to look for the signs of God’s work. It was a call to attentiveness and contemplation, an invitation to consider well the events taking place around us and look for the presence of God in and among those events. The prophetic task of giving witness to the Kingdom of God begins with contemplation of the presence of God. The praying imagination is what gives birth to passionate proclamation. Using the Olivet Discourse in Mark 13 as background and passages from three Old Testament Sentinels, Habbakuk, Isaiah and Ezekiel, we will explore our calling as pastors and practice that work of staying awake to God’s presence. As we reflect on these texts as a large group, in small discussion groups and individual silent reflection our hope is to listen for and respond to the voice of God.
ABOUT DAVE ROHRER:
Dave is a native of Southern California, graduating in 1979 from UCLA with a BA in Political Science and from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena with an MDiv in 1982. That same year he was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC (USA). He has served in four congregations, two in Southern California and two in Washington. He is currently pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Bothell ,WA. He and his wife, Mary Ann, who is a childbirth and parent educator, have been married since 1986 and they have two adult children. Their son Justin and his wife Natasha live and work in Seattle. Their daughter Laura lives in Brinnon and works in Quilcene. Dave is the author of The Sacred Wilderness of Pastoral Ministry: Preparing a People for the Presence of the Lord (IVP 2012). He also works with the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary directing one of three initiatives that are a part of their Lilly “Flourishing in Ministry” grant. His particular part of that work is with recent graduates as they navigate the transition from seminary into congregational pastoral ministry.