The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has been meeting in Edinburgh this week. In the midst of our worship and debate, we took time to pray for those caught up in the terrorism perpetrated in Manchester and in Egypt as well as all those places around the world who don’t feature in news headlines. There was also a small step forward in inclusion of all in our denomination.
It’s not always easy to connect what we do in General Assembly with the day to day life of the communities we are called to serve. But it seemed this week, as we attempted to reach for the light in order to counter the darkness of the world, that there was love and grace and abundance.
Our texts give us many options for preaching this week – The Narrative Lectionary offers Paul’s message of inclusion in Galatians and the RCL reminds us that, ultimately, authority and control does not rest in our hands but in the love and grace of God. And, of course, there is also Ascension.
Whatever this week has brought for you, wherever you are called to preach the word, you are welcome to share in this place. Bring what you have and ask for what you need as together we prepare to speak and to live out the good news for the glory of God.
Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland. A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, instigator of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling
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