All Good Friday, I thought about you, preachers. We know what the women who followed Jesus were doing on Friday. “Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome. When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him.” (Mark 15:40-41, CEB) But there’s a gap in the testimony for Saturday, the Sabbath.
As we work toward Sunday, we are living in that gap. We inhabit the in-between, preparing to proclaim the resurrection when the moment has not yet arrived, wondering at the way the world is full of jelly beans and bunny rabbits, and even working around the Altar Guild or the Flower Committee as they arrange the flowers for Easter morning.
If you’re looking for some thoughts on the gospel, I commend to you our RCL post by Rachael Keefe, which includes both Mark and John, and our Narrative Lectionary post by Marci Glass, focused on John.
At my house, other Holy Week services are complete, so the work will happen with breaks for baseball, laundry, and a little grocery-shopping. Maybe you are overseeing an Easter Egg hunt. Some of you will have an Easter Vigil service, then turn around for more on Sunday.Let us know what’s up for you in the comments. Whatever the day holds, come and gather around our table, and bring something to share, whether virtual goodies, challenges of the day, gospel insights, or the best children’s message ever. (Check out our Easter children’s sermons page for some ideas.)
I promise, we will get there, along with many other preachers.
Martha Spong is a UCC pastor, author, clergy coach, and the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals. Procrastinating? Look up her new book with RevGal Rachel Hackenberg, Denial is My Spiritual Practice (and Other Failures of Faith).
RevGalBlogPals encourages you to share our blog posts via email or social media. We do not grant permission to cut-and-paste prayers and articles without a link back. For permission to use material in paper publications, please email revgalblogpals at gmail dot com.