Thursday 19 May 2016 Diocese of BC Clergy Conference Closing Eucharist Homily 11:00 a.m. – Bishop Logan McMenamie

“Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”

George Jones

You know this old world is full of singers
But just a few are chosen
To tear your heart out when they sing
Imagine life without them
All your, radio heros
Like the outlaw that walks through Jesse’s dreamNo, there will never be another
Red-headed stranger
A Man in Black and Folsom Prison Blues
The Okie from Muskogee
Or Hello Darling
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes[Chorus:]
Who’s gonna fill their shoes
Who’s gonna stand that tall
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoesGod bless the boys from Memphis
Blue Suede Shoes and Elvis
Much too soon he left this world in tears
They tore up the Fifties
Old Jerry Lee and Charlie
And old Go Cat Go still echoes through the years

You know the heart of country music
Still beats in Luke the Drifter
You can tell when hew sings I Saw the Light
Old Marty, Hank and Lefty
Why I can feel them right here with me
On this Silver Eagle rolling through the night

[Chorus:]
Who’s gonna fill their shoes
Who’s gonna stand that tall
Who’s gonna play the Opry
And the Wabash Cannonball
Who’s gonna give their heart and soul
To get to me and you
Lord I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes

Yes I wonder, who’s gonna fill their shoes?..

Gospel reading Matthew 14:22-33

Peter’s response to Jesus is to jump out of the boat and walk on the water. The time this happened was “the fourth watch of the night” between 4 and 6 am. It was early morning dawn was about to break.

That is where we are. Dawn is about to begin. A new day is about to dawn for us. The light is coming.

When Peter began to sink it was because he had stopped having faith in himself. (Rob Bell)

This story is about our own vulnerability.

Peter is brilliant when he’s near Jesus. But when he’s away from Jesus he begins to sin. When he’s near Jesus, there is healing. When Peter is far away from Jesus, there’s denial.

The why of who we are has to be shaped by our closeness to Jesus. As we get closer to Jesus our faith will be restored.

Who’s going to fill their shoes?

Where were the other disciples when Peter was stepping out onto the water? What were they doing?

Let’s not sit in the boat when our sisters and brothers are going under.

We come from a long line of people who have stepped out of the boat. Who’s going to fill their shoes? Those who step outside the boat.

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