Preaching colleagues, it’s that time of the week again! How is your sermon coming along? Between planning liturgy, preparing for children’s sermons, and writing something for the main preaching event, this is often the busiest time of the week! At least, it is for those who tend to procrastinate, or who had unexpected events eat into their sermon prep time this week. Are you ready to proclaim the Gospel again this weekend? What other work or family commitments are you juggling as you finish your worship preparations?
For those who follow the Revised Common Lectionary, the season of Easter has a predictable rhythm: resurrection, the disciples (minus Thomas) in the locked room followed by Thomas’ profession of faith, the road to Emmaus, and Good Shepherd Sunday. Though, in year A, Jesus is compared most clearly to the gate that protects and confines the sheep, rather than the shepherd. Also, we get to hear this weekend from Acts, about how the earliest communities of Jesus followers shared everything in common so that no one was needy. Is it just me, or is this topic particularly relevant in this day and age? Some discussion on the RCL texts happened here earlier this week.
The Narrative Lectionary brings us to Acts and the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. It’s a story of incredible boundary-crossing! What’s to stop the Ethiopian from being baptized? Dozens of things, really. But Philip does it anyway. How can you communicate the depth of this interaction to your worshippers? You may find additional inspiration from discussion on this page.
Wherever you are in your preparations for worship, welcome to the party! Pull up a chair and enjoy a virtual snack. I’ve still got leftover Easter candy to share. Chocolate or jellybeans? Happy writing!
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.
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