Well the end of the Liturgical year at any rate. Though if you believe our passages then possibly the end of far more than that is coming….
Shall we pray???? (from here)
Living in a world that seems to be falling apart,
we come to find hope for the future.
Living in a world where the forces of destruction seem so strong,
we come to hear about the One who Creates and Re-Creates.
Living in a world where old habits and hatreds seem to live forever,
we come to hear God proclaim “Behold, I am doing a new thing”
God who has gathered us together,
open our hearts and minds to see the new creation in our midst.
In this time of worship,
may we be refreshed and renewed as people of Love.
We pray in the name of Jesus, who taught his friends to pray together saying…
Here we are, the 2nd last Sunday of the church year, Proper 28C and our readings are….well…um….let us just say that they are not the most hope-filled passages I can think of.
Well OK that is not quite true, the Isaiah reading is very hope-full, as seems common with those last few chapters of the book. But Malachi and the burning stubble (unless you see yourself as one of the righteous) not so much.
But surely the Christian Scriptures would give us hope….right?
Well Paul writing to the Thessalonians gives us that wonderful verse for those wanting to dismantle food aid programs for the poor “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” and exhorts us all to work hard just like he does. Do I sense the beginning of the Protestant Work Ethic?
ANd then we have Luke. Luke who gives us beloved stories like the Good Samaritan and the Lost Son. Luke who gives the hymnic story of Jesus’ conception and birth. Luke who puts the words proclaiming the Jubilee year into the mouth of Jesus. What does Luke have for us this week? Apocalyptic eschatology. Signs and portents. Promises of betrayal and hatred. But at least our hair is safe….and we get to “endure”….
So out of this mix where is the Spirit leading you this fine November week? Are there questions burning in your soul? Ask them here (we might not have answers mind you but we can make them up). Do you have a need to rant about something? Rant away. Have a great source that sheds light on these readings? Post away….