We continue to preach in the season of Easter, even though the world seems to have moved on to other topics, squabbles, and what not. The RCL is on the Road to Emmaus (which the Narrative folks had a week before, if you want to check out that previous discussion).
The Narrative lectionary jumps from that road to Emmaus to the martyrdom of Stephen, which feels a bit abrupt. How are you handling it? Using Julie’s great idea, I’m telling the first part of the story, (when the church “forgets” to feed widows and the church leaders say they are too busy to serve people. ahem) in the time with the children.
I confess I’m a little conflicted about martyrdom. I know people who claim that when people are opposed to them, it is proof they are standing firm for God. Sometimes they just seem to be jerks. Know what I mean?
At the same time, Joan of Arc is a she-ro. This quote is helping me with my conflict.
“I never wanted to be a God fearing person. I wanted to grow up and be a person that was fearless for God. There was a difference.”
― Shannon L. Alder
My son’s going to his senior prom Saturday, so getting him ready for that has been more fun than writing a sermon about martyrdom. I will post pictures (of prom, not my martyrdom).
I’m trying to eat healthy these days (I lost 3 pounds last week!) so I have a fridge full of carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and jicama to share. (Don’t worry, I’m also eating protein, carbs, and fat–just in much smaller amounts!) I’m sure someone has more satisfying treats to share.
Share your ideas, thoughts, questions, and brilliance here. I certainly could use them!
Marci Auld Glass is the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church and lives with her husband and sons in Boise, Idaho. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She serves on the Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood and the Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church USA. Marci blogs at Glass Overflowing and is among the contributors to the RevGals book,There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
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