This has been a rough week of bad weather and power outages for the church and house I live in. I have a lot of catching up to do and only now read the lessons for this Sunday. I’ll continue preaching in the extemporaneous process that I started on Ash Wednesday – praying and thinking about the readings and how they connect to the congregation or what questions they raise in me (that also connect to the congregation and the world we live in) – but I have no manuscript, and thus I end up saying whatever comes to me in the moment. This is highly risky and it takes a huge toll on me, I end up thoroughly exhausted afterward. But its working for the congregation, they tell me they are getting so much more out of what I offer. Which means all those years of laboring over words and writing a sermon, ACK! Not exactly wasted time, since all of that work now resides in me and informs what I end up saying…but still.
So, that’s a long way into getting to these lessons. I wonder where the Spirit will lead me? I’m thinking of the years I taught and encouraged Godly Play and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and how integral this story was. I loved telling it in the Catechesis method, with the gate and the sheep and the shepherd, full of wondering questions. So maybe I’ll just spend the morning asking wondering questions and inviting the congregation to wonder with me?
I’ll be here tonight and through tomorrow to facilitate the party, our discussions, concerns, and ideas.
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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