How is it going? I am currently writing my sermon after a week of vacation. Actually, I’m still on vacation, but writing for Sunday, you know how that goes sometimes. To me this is a very 11th Hour Preacher situation to be in.
I am currently looking at the RCL text and thinking of how important rejecting evil is, and conversely how Peter must have felt to be told that he is a stumbling block. I’m drinking tea and catching up on my prayers for Texas. Can one catch up on praying? I’m also readingabout Bangladesh, India, Nepal and the flooding that is happening there.
How do we think on divine vs. earthly things? When we witness terrible flooding, how is prayer possible and helpful. What does Psalm 26 add to all this? How do I speak openly about how we are our own stumbling blocks? How do we address that in prayer and deed? Can we avoid hypocrisy? The Psalmist says it as if it is easy, and then there’s Peter blundering on, as I sometimes feel like we all do.
So where are you in the texts this week? Are you struggling through floods and the world? Are you preparing to go back into the Narrative Lectionary cycle? Are their personal or local church issues that are weighing on you today? Hopefully we can plot a sermon together.
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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