I’m still officially away (and may actually have finished overdue tlc on the good ship Polyphony and be making progress by now) – though I’ll be back in the parish to hear the curate preach on Sunday’s readings….
I wonder what he will go with.
Ephesians is wonderful, of course – and he won’t necessarily have preached it before…He might perhaps challenge the congregation to check over the state of their armoury.
Were I preaching, I might choose to work on the encouragement to pray “in the Spirit at all times”, since there are very few congregations (not to mention ministers) who could not afford to take prayer far more seriously…
I might like to explore what it means to pray “in the Spirit”?
It makes me think of the line in George Herbert’s wonderful poem Prayer
“God’s breath in man, returning to his birth”
Or there’s dear dear Peter, confronted with what feels, momentarily, like a one way street – the only route through. Do you remember those evangelistic stickers that were very popular (in England at least) during the 1970s…There was one that showed the arrow that represents a one way street with the words “One Way – Jesus”…
I’m never sure if Peter is speaking with resignation – there is no escape, – the call of this man on his life is non negotiable
“To whom shall we go. You have the words of eternal life”
Amid the pick and mix of our world, that might be a fruitful line to take…
Wherever you are guided, enjoy the journey with the texts this week.