One Sunday when we came home from church, this tortoise was wandering in the middle of our street. It turns out that he belongs to our neighbor across the street, and he had “run” away. He is an African spurred tortoise, and it was fascinating to watch him. He didn’t get in a hurry, but he had managed to escape the backyard and head to the great world beyond.
Now, I don’t want to pressure you (or me), but you (or I) might need to move a little faster than this guy in order to get that sermon ready! Fortunately, there are resources to spur (ha-ha, spurred tortoise, get it?) your thinking. Tuesday’s lectionary posts for the RCL and the Narrative Lectionary are available for your consideration. (Helpful hint: if you’re an RCL preacher working with Amos today, the Narrative Lectionary post is also about Amos 5 and has some good insights).
What else is on your schedule for today? I’m hanging out with an out-of-state friend for a few hours, and then I’m getting to work on this sermon. And for the snack table, we have leftover Texas sheet cake to share.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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