|I want my Jet Pack!|
I note that one of the options for this week is Ascension Sunday (Readings here — although the more liturgical among us might point out that Ascension day proper is actually Thursday). And maybe it is just my strange thought patterns but the first thing that came to my mind was this:
On a more theological note though (not that Cats isn’t a theological treatise but, well, you know…) what might one do to make the Ascension story accessible and relevant to a congregation? Obviously the writer of Luke-Acts thought it was an important story — he included two versions! A word of warning though — I personally would avoid trying to link the story with modern astronomical knowledge 😉 .
The other option for this week is to use these readings for Easter 7B.
Here we have a new model for choosing Session members. And really there are days when drawing lots makes as much sense as any other nomination process I have seen. However I remember noting in a seminary assignment that in verses 22-23 Peter lays out some criteria for an apostle and that Paul (who takes up a remarkable amount of time in the book of Acts) does not meet those criteria. Not. At. All.
Or maybe you would choose to soak (wallow?) in this week’s section from the Farewell Discourse in John’s Gospel. I swear, sometimes I find John soars to rhetorical heights, but sometimes I need a higher degree to figure out what the heck he is saying (mind you I say the same thing about the letters of Paul). Just who is of which world in this passage? And which world are we supposed to be part of? Or in? Not to mention that there is something voyeurish about this whole chapter seeing as we are (as it is written) listening in on a prayer. And so we the readers/listeners get talked about in the third person. Ugh!
And where in any of these passages is a Children’s Time topic????
Share in the comments which way you are leaning this early in the week…