photo by Terri C. Pilarski, Arizona sunset
Here we are, the end of the long season after the Pentecost. I’m always glad when this season ends and look forward to the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter which, liturgically, lead us through the story of the life of Jesus. Then again, I’m always glad when the season after Pentecost begins because I know I’m in for a long quieter time, liturgically….
As it turns out the church I am serving has a testimonial tomorrow, so I am not preaching. That’s okay, last week just about took it all out of me, preaching as I did with my heart wide open and my words bleeding out. As a preacher and priest in the United States I am still trying to find my bearings, post election, and not doing well. I’m not ready to make nice (thanks for that ear worm Dixie Chicks) even as I do not want to promote the rhetoric of name calling and verbal violence around me. I want to be working toward what Jesus claims in Matthew 22 as the summary of all the commandments, to love God and to love my neighbor as myself.
So, where are you this week? Are you preaching on the reign of Christ or on the narrative lectionary? (For more conversation on those readings check out the Tuesday RCL and NL posts). Are you finding good news, some where and some how, to share? As we in the United States head into Thanksgiving weekend, are you finding ways to give thanks even as we all hope that we are not going to “normalize” the challenges we face with the rise in violence?
I’m here all day and look forward to being with you, to lift you up in prayer as you open yourself to the Holy Spirit and let God’s words come to you.
As always, I have plenty of coffee and tea. So pull up a chair, grab a mug, and let’s spend this day together.
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a congregation in Dearborn, MI. She’s been blogging at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com and a member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006.
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