So much on my mind these days. So very much. If one lives in the USA, one is probably overwhelmed by the constant “BREAKING NEWS” – always on the brink of disaster and in a heightened state of anxiety. It takes everything I have to stay focused, to aim for calm, thoughtful, leadership.
Our sermon time, for the third year in a row, is a dialogue that I facilitate. I remind the congregation at the beginning of the service to listen for what stands out for them in the readings, what questions they might have, and how the readings are informing us and how we are to be Christians in the world today.
Facilitating these dialogues it turns out is much more difficult than if I wrote and preached a sermon. I have to finesse the differences of opinion and perspective, build trust, and encourage people to speak even when feeling vulnerable. It’s exhausting, but it is also very good.
What are your plans for preaching? In these last days of August as many of us approach the start of a new program year, what are you saying? How are you feeding your people?
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving in Dearborn, MI. A member of the RevGalBlogPals and blogger since 2006, she blogs at seekingauthenticvoice.blogspot.com
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