Happy New Year Preacher Gals and Pals!
2017 is already off with a bang in my neck of the woods. I pray yours is going great!
Last Sunday the lectionary gave us a sobering look at the slaughter of the innocents. It was not the scripture I would have chosen to begin a new year, but it was a reminder of God’s presences even in the darkest of times.
This Sunday is a different animal! There are so many options for preachers. There are the readings for the Epiphany of the Lord or the Baptism of the Lord . Both offer amazing imagery and options for wonderful word paintings.
I personally love the Isaiah reading for Epiphany, but perhaps that’s because I am a collector of camel figurines and the idea of so many camels coming along to celebrate the birth of the savior sounds amazing!! I intend to litter the sanctuary with some of my camels as a way to draw people into the Epiphany mood.
We will also be using Star Words for the fourth year in this congregation. (For a look at how star words can be used, and where I learned about them, look no further than our own Marci Glass ) I am nervous about handing them out this year because last year was just so hard, and I am tempted to remove the challenging words and leave only uplifting ones for this year. But I won’t, because I know we grow through challenge. (a little affirmation helps too!)
What are you pondering this week?
Are you following the star to wherever it may lead?
Are you looking at the baptism of Christ and renewing your baptismal covenants?
Are you praying the words of Psalm 72, asking God to again step into the lives of the needy and bring help to those without aid?
Blessings as you sermonate this week. May you find just the right words for the moment and the people you serve.
The Reverend Cardelia Howell-Diamond is a Cumberland Presbyterian Solo Pastor in Alabama. She is currently praying for tomorrow to come quickly as it is the day her three children head back to school after winter break! You can read her sermons, reviews, and ramblings at randomrevhd.
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