I’ve had a really stimulating week, full of conversations about church. And, in particular about how to be church today, living out the gospel and transforming communities with the love of God. From Pioneer ministers to ministers involved in transition in congregations to ministry students from Zurich who were visiting Scotland, we were all grappling with the question: How can we be involved in the mission of God today? How is God calling us to be church in this generation in all our differing cultures and contexts?
Our Lectionary readings this week seem to encourage us to grapple with these questions as we preach the word:
Our Narrative Lectionary Post from earlier in the week sees Paul claim knowledge of the unknown God for whom the Athenians make space, while the RCL Post confronts us with love, fierce love, that is of God, that we are compelled to share with all, no exceptions.
Are these themes that you will preach this week. Will you be posing more questions than offering solutions? How are these texts, or others, touching your life and the life of your community? We’d love to hear your thoughts and accompany you as you prepare for preaching, teaching, prayers, children’s time or whatever other elements of worship you’re charged with this week. You may have just the spark that will ignite another’s kindling thoughts into flame.
So share what you have and ask for what you need as we encourage one another in our various ministries, loving God and neighbour wherever we are called to be church today.
Liz Crumlish is a Church of Scotland Minister currently working on a National Renewal Project in Scotland. A Board Member of RevGalBlogPals, one of the instigators of Spill the Beans and contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, Liz blogs at journalling.
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