This time of the year is always difficult for me. While we’re preparing our congregations to follow Jesus into Jerusalem and journey with him to the cross, we are also selecting Easter hymns, buying props for children’s sermons, and coordinating celebrations with our parents or grandchildren or whomever we call family in our lives. There is a disconnect between the message I’m preparing to preach this Sunday and the to-do list that occupies much of my day.
How are you finding the last few days of Lent this year? Have you or your congregation been following specific Lenten disciplines? How will you complete this season of penitence and celebrate the season of resurrection?
This Sunday’s texts from the Revised Common Lectionary provide a bridge to the Easter story. The dry bones with new life and the raising of Lazarus foreshadow the resurrection of Jesus and the new life that is promised to all of us. Working Preacher and Dollar Store Children’s Sermons have some great suggestions this week, and there was additional discussion on the RevGals page earlier this week. Please share any insights or ideas that are tugging at you!
The Narrative Lectionary makes the connection between Lent and Easter even more directly, as Jesus tells the disciples exactly what will happen when they get to Jerusalem. Then he heals a blind man and meets Zacchaeus. It’s a full reading! Which story will you focus on this Sunday? Can you find a way to tie them all together? See this page for another thoughtful reflection from earlier this week.
Wherever you are in your worship preparations, your Lenten discipline, your sermon writing, or your to-do list – welcome to the party! I can offer some fresh veggies and hot tea or my favorite dry hard cider. I will be here periodically today, with some significant breaks as I go to the ordination of a friend who has been waiting for about 10 years. In the meantime, pull up a chair, grab a snack, and join in the conversation!
canoeistpastor is Katya Ouchakof, co-pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. She is a certified canoeing instructor, occasional hospital chaplain, aunt to the best kids in the world, and a devout Star Wars fan. Katya is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and blogs periodically at Provocative Proclamations.
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