Last year I became seriously hooked on the PBS television program, “Call the Midwife.” The story takes place in a poor section of London for which a convent, the nuns who live in the convent, and a team of professional nurse midwives, tend to the people. Episodes offer an ongoing peek into the interpersonal relationships of the nuns and nurses as well as weekly snapshots of women and families in the neighborhood. Only a portion of each episode includes graphic sounds and visuals of the birth process, most of it is founded on relationship building – on forming trust, respect, compassion, and love.
The reading this Sunday from Exodus follows a similar trajectory but grounds the story in God’s hope for all creation – a hope that gives birth to people, nations, and eventually to the birth of God in human flesh. This reading paves the way for all that comes after. I will have to preach on this text.
What about you? Are you being called by Isaiah or Romans or Matthew? Or are you following the Narrative Lectionary? For more on these check out these blogs from Tuesday for the Revised Common Lectionary or Narrative Lectionary. This week’s The Pastoral is Political also addresses preaching from both lectionaries.
Much to consider in the texts this week as we draw to the end of summer. To sustain us I offer coffee, tea, and fresh fruit. Bring us your questions, worries, ideas, and inspiration and we’ll share around. It’s the 11th Hour Preacher Party – let the “fun” begin….