35On that day, when evening had come, Jesus
said to the disciples,“Let us go across
to the other side.”36 And leaving the
crowd behind, they took him with them in the
boat, just as he was. Other boats were with
him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves
beat into the boat, so that the boat was already
being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern,
asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up
and said to him, “Teacher, do you not
care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke
up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
“Peace! Be still!” Then the wind
ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said
to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you
still no faith?” 41 And they were filled
with great awe and said to one another, “Who
then is this, that even the wind and the sea
pray with me:
Loving God, open our ears to hear your wordand
draw us closer to you, that the whole world
may be one with youas you are one with us
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
scripture reading from Job 38 is the beginning
of God’s response to Job’s situation.
Four of his friends tell him that good things
happen to good people and bad things happen
to bad people so Job must have done something
to upset God. Job must have committed an awfully
bad sin if God let Job suffer losing his wife,
children and livelihood. But Job knew he didn’t
sin against God and told his friends so by
defending God’s faithfulness in Job’s
religious life. If you haven’t read
about what happens to Job, he gets married
again and has many more children and dies
only after seeing four generations of his
In my studies, I often go to a Jewish website
for information about the Old Testament or
Hebrew scriptures. There is a Jewish ritual
called Tashlich that involves tossing bread
into a flowing body of waterbetween Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur (scapegoat).
This ritual of Tashlich instructs the person
who wants atonement or forgiveness from their
sins to throw bread into a river which symbolizes
their sins washing away. Yom Kippur is similar
as the sins of the people are placed on a
goat by the priest and the goat is released
into the wilderness, taking with it the sins
of the community.
This article written by Rachel Scheinerman
went on to supply some Dad Jokes in honor
of Father’s Day. If white bread is thrown
into the river for ordinary sins:
What does a turkey throw in the river for
its sins? Stuffing
What does Santa throw into the river for his
sins? Christmas fruitcake (julekaken)
Why did the bear just stick his foot in the
water? It was his offering of a “bear
claw”. (Groan….) and finally,
What does dad throw into the river for his
Well, enough of the dad jokes…Let’s
get back in the boat with the disciples…
But before we do, I am getting my life jacket…
(put on life jacket).
If I were one of the disciples, I would have
my life jacket on during that storm at sea.
I would hope that there was a lifeboat drill
to prepare us for evacuation and instructions
for any emergency we might face on the cruise
to the other shore.
But disciples had no life jackets because
they are not invented until the 1800’s.
In 1851, Captain John Ross Ward, a British
arctic explorer, developed the first life
jacket out of cork for the National Lifeboat
Have you been afraid and wondered whether
God was asleep or not paying attention to
you during a family crisis, throughout an
illness, or in the past year while trying
to avoid the COVID 19virus?
Have you cried out to God or called for Jesus
to come to your aide, to give you comfort
or to grant you peace?
I know I have done just that during chaotic
times in my life.
Sometimes we may even bargain with God. I
remember saying to God, “If You help
me now, I will do anything you would want
me to do in the future.” I have wondered
if that is why God called me into ministry
and has guided me toward hospital chaplaincy.
Yet, I am not the only person from Clinton
Heights Lutheran Church to be steered into
ministry. Some of you may not know but I was
a member here for about 20 years but left
Columbus in 2005. I originally joined after
Vern& Ruth Cahill invited my sister and
I to attend because my father had been one
of Dr. Cahill’s students at Ohio State
University. (See, personal invitations still
are the best way to grow a church!) And after
I started seminary, I happened to run into
Lucas Merit and Robbie Ketcham attending also.
As CHLC celebrates 100 years, think about
the people from CHLC who are now in ministry.
These are people who you have raised up to
serve God and God’s people in the world.
Legacy List:Robbie Ketcham, Lucas Merit,John
Mawhirter, Linda Zaye, Dave Shugert, Nick
Bates, Cindy Hershberger
And many other seminarians who used CHLC as
a ministry “lab of learning,”one
that I knew personally was James Brady &
most recently Rita Argus.
It is thought that each one of these people
in ministry would reach, on average, 110,000
people over their professional careers. For
these nine people alone, that would mean almost
a million people would hear the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. A million people would know
who God is and know how Jesus’ death
on the cross washes their sins away. A million
people hearing the words of forgiveness. A
million people being saved by God’s
grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This
is the legacy of CHLC.
The story of Jesus falling asleep in the boat
while going across to the other side of the
Sea of Galilee is short but it must be particularly
important for it is included in gospels of
Matthew, Mark AND Luke. Each gospel writer
has small variations in the story they tell.
Jesus says, “Why are you afraid? Have
you still no faith? in Mark’s gospel.
In Matthew, Jesus says, “Why are you
afraid, you of little faith?” And in
Luke, Jesus simply says, “Where is your
So, what is the purpose of this story? Are
we to focus on the disciples and faith? Is
this a story that helps us understand that
God and Jesus will come to our help when we
call or pray? Maybe. However, many scholars
think this story has a bigger meaning than
these things. In fact, it is cosmic.
This is a story about the supreme power of
God the creator and the glorious power bestowed
on Jesus as the Son of God. It is a story
that tells us something about the identity
of Jesus. It answers the disciples’
question, “who is this that commands
wind and waves and they obey?”
CHLC, continue preaching the gospel, continue
telling the stories of Jesus life, death and
resurrection. Continue baptizing the young
and old with water and the Word. Continue
to help people to put on Christ like you put
on a life jacket… in the name of the
Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Rachel Scheinerman is an editor at My Jewish
Learning. She holds an MA in Scripture &
Interpretation from Harvard Divinity School
and a PhD in Rabbinic Literature from Yale