After over 20 weeks of green paraments, we finally get a break from Ordinary Time! Some of us (including the Pope!) already took a break for red last week… but for many of us, this is the first toe in the water of the months-deep liturgical season pool. Welcome to All Saints’ Day, to white paraments, and to the beginning of a season of high holy days.
If your congregation observes All Saints’ Sunday, what traditions are important? How will you be remembering those who have died or been baptized in the past year? Which Bible passages are you using as the focus of your message? The Revised Common Lectionary texts for All Saints can be found here.
Some congregations celebrated All Saints last week and are on to Luke 20 this week. Are you pairing that Gospel lesson with Job or Haggai? Or perhaps 2 Thessalonians is speaking to you this week. Texts for those RCL lessons are here and discussion from earlier this week is on this page. The Narrative Lectionary brings us to the story of Jonah, which could be tied to All Saints or examined separately. Some ideas were shared on this page earlier this week. What is your focus for this Sunday?
American preachers, this is the last Sunday before Election Day. While there are certainly many things to hold in prayer over the next few days, it is also appropriate to address the election directly in your preaching. No, you cannot endorse a political candidate – but that is the only restriction that your non-profit status imposes to your free speech. Sojourners encourages pastors to address the issues, particularly racism and misogyny, as Christian concerns. How can you faithfully address the current issues in society, encourage your folks to apply their Christian values to political choices, and preach a good word to your people this week? How will you worship and pray together next Sunday when the dust has begun to settle?
Hoping that you are able to find some good news in the readings and in the life of your congregation this week. Blessings on your worship preparations! I have fresh strawberries to share from the garden (in Wisconsin, in November!) and about a dozen types of tea. Grab a snack and join the conversation!
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, occasional hospital chaplain, freelance writer, professional canoeing instructor, and Star Wars enthusiast. She blogs and posts sermons at Provocative Proclamations.
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