It’s the week of weeks for preachers and pastors. We may be preparing for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Easter at any given time. Some of us will conduct Easter Vigils and Sunrise services. I have four pieces to write this week (some meditations, one a reflection and one a sermon), which feels like a lot.
But the most compelling question for me is this: which Gospel? Do we go with John’s story of Mary Magdalene and Christ meeting in the garden? Or do we preach Mark’s contrarian text, the one with no Resurrection appearance?
In two different conversations with colleagues in the past 24 hours, we have wondered what we can say (and about which text) to that odd mix of regular churchgoers and annual visitors. What are people who only attend at Easter (and there are some who choose that day even over Christmas) looking for? What Good Word do we have for people who drop in and out of the communal theological conversation so infrequently?
Please join the conversation in the comments and let us know what you’re wondering today.
(Image from Visible Kingdom.)