Is is just me, or is this Easter season flying by? Following a long, seemingly endless winter in the USA, a Lenten season that dragged on, I thought Easter would never arrive. But it did, and now this season is racing by, Easter Day a vague memory. For those of us preaching from the New Revised Common Lectionary, the Easter season offers up the same series of readings each year, with little variance. Over the last three years I have used the season of Easter to offer a sermon series on worship – what we do and why we do it – a kind of “Reflected” or “Instructed” Eucharist in five parts. It’s well received, but it also means we don’t reflect on the post-Easter readings. When I have preached on the post-Easter readings I found myself telling the story of the early church through the Acts of the Apostles readings. This, of course, is what led to the reflected Eucharist series – why not just tell our story of what we do and why? An Acts influenced idea.
Perhaps you are thinking about church formation and Acts as well? Or perhaps you are pondering sheep and shepherds? Or maybe you are following the Narrative Lectionary and pondering Paul and Silas, the spirit, and that which frees us or confines us?
This is the Preacher Party, and we are here to share ideas – to support one another as we work through that which confines our imagination, our thoughts, our energy – as we strive to break open the word. I have plenty of fresh brewed coffee, the kettle is on for tea, and fresh fruit to share. Pull up a chair, grab a mug, and let’s party.