This has been a quiet week in the manse; no meetings, no real deadlines… just my July task of filing, clearing, tidying and generally doing all the things that do not get done through the year (like sorting through my craft cupboard!). It is pretty quiet at church too – many families away visiting, and travelling, so no children until mid-August when school starts up again. The congregation is small, but committed, and over coffee time after worship there is still plenty of chatter!
Throughout July and August I usually only preach twice – maybe three times, and all through these months we are also off lectionary; this year having decided to look at lesser known bible passages, books or characters. We have a talented team who share in worship all through the year, and over these two months they also share in the preaching – and we have had some really interesting and thought provoking messages already. Last week was my turn and the character I chose, Rachel, mother of Joseph and Benjamin, is introduced in this week’s RCL Old Testament reading – there’s a great starter discussion here, from Rachel Keefe as she shared in the RCL lectionary reflections on Tuesday.
Depending where you live – north or south; east or west you will be deep in the holiday season, or deep in midwinter. What are you thinking about this weekend?
Lectionary, summer series, following some other scheme? Let us know, share your highs and lows, ask questions, seek inspiration – that’s what our preacher party is all about!
I have a kitchen full of goodies as I prepare for our Summer Horticulture Show – jams, pickles and shortbread all being tested out before the big day – any requests?
Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland minister, serving a rural community in the village of Earlston in the Scottish Borders. She blogs at A Country Girl, writes for Spill the Beans and contributed to the RevGals book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit
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