Introduction: Over many years, this congregation has heard a number of stories about my hiking adventures in the mountains:
Like the parish hike up Old Rag Mountain when one of the faithful halfway up the mountain declared that she would not make it and began giving elaborate funeral instructions. (You may recall, she did make it, to the summit and back.)You have been very tolerant of mountain-top accounts and I was very tempted to add another on this last Sunday of Epiphany which is always marked by the account of Jesus and the disciples climbing the Mount of Transfiguration.
Or my account of struggling between faith and fear when I became lost in a cloud near the top of Skiddow, the third highest mountain in England - I knew I was safe when near the top I came face to face with a sheep.