Preaching partners, it is nearly the end of summer! (With apologies to our colleagues in Australia, New Zealand, and any other southern hemisphere locations.) In my neighborhood, I go for walks with a Tupperware container to pick all the wild blackberries that are ripe and delicious, but then I have to chase away the swarms of mosquitoes that attack me for disrupting their shade. I love the sunshine and fresh produce, but heaven help me if the air conditioning or bug spray stops working!
And yet, in these dog days of summer, we preachers do not get a summer vacation, and are compelled to pull ourselves away from the muggy weather and figure out a way to proclaim the Gospel to our congregations, once again. These months after Pentecost can develop a rhythm and pattern, but sometimes they can also be draining and feel like a chore. Where are you in your motivation this week? How are the ideas flowing?
If you’re following the Revised Common Lectionary, you can choose between Isaiah and Genesis, Psalm 33 and Psalm 50, Hebrews or Luke. Some discussion on these options happened here earlier this week. Which passage are you using for inspiration?
Narrative Lectionary preachers have several options at this time of the year. Many churches are following topical series or even following guest preachers at this time of year, while the settled pastor takes some much-deserved time off!
Please share your ideas and struggles below. Pull up a chair and help yourselves to the snacks – I can offer a plethora of fresh green beans from the garden, in addition to the blackberries from my neighborhood! Happy writing, and blessings in your preaching.
canoeistpastor is Katya Ouchakof, co-pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and has recently given her blog a facelift at Provocative Proclamation. Katya enjoys knitting, Star Wars, board games, time with her family, and of course, canoeing.
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