What a week! So much to consider, so much longing for the finish line, so much hope for the sunrise!
The RevGals are still writing up a storm as we wait and work:
Many posters to the RevGals Facebook page have commented on the challenges of sitting with the dying, addressing sudden deaths, and conducting funerals during this already-packed week. It would be the understatement of the century to note that as Jesus dies and rises, the deaths to which we attend this week seem particularly weighted with significance. How perfect, then, that Diane of Faith in Community ponders what she learns from funerals.
Beth’s House of Grace focuses this week on the abundance of giving which rises with such grace from a Holy Week filled with events which might seem like burdens, did we not know that through each of them we are called to care for one another.
Holy Week and Easter services may bring people our way who’ve not experienced a church worship service in a long time, or perhaps ever. Some of them may be surprised to find us in leadership! How will they respond? Just this past week, my son told me that people are looking for the Walter Cronkite of preachers – sorry, Mom. At Did She Say Seminary?, Erin focuses upon a seminary community’s approach to women preachers.
And what are we preaching? In her Tuesday Thoughts, Sharon reflects upon some of those huge theological questions which plague us all at this time of year. At least, I hope they plague us all, since we are preaching a strange story and stranger proclamation of hope to those who believe, those who seek, and those who are indifferent.
Some of those questions drive us right into the particular, force us into a corner, demand that we consider, and consider again, the people who populate Jesus’s life this week. When I read Appalachian Preacher Amanda, I often sit back and say, “Wow.” Her exegesis of Judas for this week is no exception.
And finally, Jane’s Journey with her dog reminds us that we have to pass through the fearful quagmire of Good Friday to reach Easter.
It’s Holy Week, a week of challenges in ministry, challenges in preaching, challenges in the text, and challenges in nature. May we sink deeply into all of it so that we are prepared to proclaim a New Creation!