Believe it or not, Christmas day has come and gone. All the Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning services have been celebrated. That’s the good news. The bad news is that amidst the wrapping paper clean-up, visiting relatives or traveling home, another sermon waits. In this short season of Christmastide, neither the Narrative Lectionary nor the Revised Common Lectionary lingers overly long at the manger. We are off and running headlong into a New Year before the Wise One’s even show up.
I’ve been focusing on the gospel text in the RCL and wondering why it was so easy to for Mary and Joseph to lose track of Jesus and how it happens even more quickly today. There’s some good discussion on that here.
Maybe you’re with John the Baptist and the calling of the Disciples. There’s a bit of discussion on that here.
While it seems impossible that we need to step into the pulpit again so soon after the last time, we’ll trust that the Spirit will get us there. In the meantime, I’ve got grain and dairy free cranberry orange cookies and some herbal coffee to share. Feel free to bring your favorite leftovers and join us in sorting out where the Spirit is leading.
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