How are you all doing?
I am currently at the point where I squeaked the bulletin out Friday (this) morning and am just now doing the work of looking at the RCL for my sermon. Its been a busy week, well more like a regularly busy week after a a super busy month, so I feel like I’ve been coming from behind for a while.
Currently, I’m Mulling about jealousy in Genesis 37.
Particularly I’m thinking of generational wars, of how blaming millennials for everything, especially the dying churches, is a big thing.
I’m also thinking how we’d love to throw millennials down the pit, those of us who have been doing the work for years. Joseph was the youngest. Therefore I think he was born in Canaan and adapted easily to where they were. Whereas his older brothers, many of whom no doubt helped with the household’s actual move, are overlooked .
As a white Presbyterian in the US, I continue to come to terms with how privileged my mainline religion has been for so long. Now that we are no longer the favorites, how to do we define ourselves? Are we more than the favored religion in America? (I hope so)
Then in the back of mind I’m also concerned about how jealousy is alive and well when we complain about soccer or the socioeconomic reality that people have to work or get some much needed rest on Sunday.
How do justice and peace kiss each other? How do we get to Psalm 85:8-13 from Genesis? How does God get us from jealousy to reconciliation? Because the Bible is Thr story of how God works for reconciliation, always, no matter what. Where are the changes wrought here?
As you can see I have about 6 or 7 sermons percolating, so I’m going to have to buckle down to one idea for the sermon.
How about you folks, how are you all doing? Share where you are and how you doing the sermon thing tonight.
Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY for over six years. When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read
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