Happy Saturday and welcome to the preacher party! This weekend you have the opportunity to preach on ALL THE THINGS if you so choose. Perhaps a wiser preaching strategy is to select one or two of the things, and leave the rest for another year… but with such rich preaching opportunities as we see this week, it can be hard to settle on a particular focus!
In the Revised Common Lectionary we have Paul freeing a slave girl from demon possession, which gets him thrown into prison. (I wonder what happened to the slave girl?) The Psalm has creation praising God’s righteousness, which works well for those of us living in climate zones experiencing a change in season at this time. Revelation 22 promises the return of Christ soon (which could make a person wonder whether the battery on his watch ran out, or whether God’s concept of time is really so vastly different from our own). John 17 brings us back to Jesus’ final night with the disciples, and his promise (command?) that they all will be one. See more discussion here.
The Ascension was officially observed on Thursday, but some of us will be celebrating it during our worship this weekend. What does it mean that Jesus ascended to heaven and left his disciples to fend for themselves? What should we make of this one last Sunday in the Easter season, with Jesus already ascended, but without yet knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit, who will be showing up in style on Pentecost next week?
The Narrative Lectionary uses a long selection from 1 Corinthians 15, which tells us about who Paul was, and who he understood Christ to be. It is a dense passage, theologically speaking. It can also be inspiring and enlightening to those looking for guidance on where to find Christ in their lives today. And then, of course, there are familiar lines about eternal life. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor 15:55) There’s some discussion on this page.
In the USA, many of us are expected to preach about mothers and mothering, since Mother’s Day is Sunday. Allow me to reiterate the reminder to be attentive to those who have recently lost their mothers, those who never knew their mothers, those being raised by two fathers, those who desired to be mothers but never had the chance, those who have lost babies in infancy or to miscarriage, and anyone else who may find Mother’s Day difficult for countless reasons. As preachers, we have the unique opportunity to open our congregation’s understanding to the vast experience of motherhood that exists in the world, and to help them find a Mother God in the midst of it all. If this is your preaching course, blessings and courage to you!
Julian of Norwich is celebrated this weekend. So are college graduations, and in some of our congregations, confirmation or other rites of passage. Many of us have recently been at (or will soon be attending) regional or national gatherings of our church bodies. Perhaps you are in the midst of a sermon series or you have a guest preacher at your congregation this weekend.
Ascension, resurrection, demon possession, prison breaks, Julian, mothers, creation, life transition, church polity, unity… Wherever you find yourself today, whatever your level of preparation, welcome to the party! Pull up a chair, help yourself to a cup of tea, and happy writing.
RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.