As we approach the sixth Sunday of Easter, it can be tricky to convince people we are indeed still celebrating the resurrection. In northern hemisphere churches we are competing with warmer weather and spring activities that may start to pull people away (graduations, exams, sports, three day weekends…). In the Southern Hemisphere days are shortening and the desire to wrap up against the coming cold may make it difficult to keep preaching new life bursting forth.
But here we are nonetheless, 36 days into the great 50 days. How are you proclaiming resurrection this week? The RCL offers some reminders of what it means to be resurrection people. The NL plunges into Philippians for a few weeks, showing us how the early church tried to live into the good news.
Or are you in the midst of a series? Some other preaching moment? I’m still working on my “top ten” texts, so this week I’m preaching on Isaiah 55, plus we have our annual meeting after worship, so it’s a busy, abundant kind of day when we hope to align our thoughts and ways with God’s. In the meantime, though, I’ll be here, partying with you! There will be the best Mexican food I can muster here in Scotland (aka bean burritos), plenty of kitty snuggles, and encouragement galore, so join the party!
Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland, immensely enjoying her new charge and the view from the manse, which today included watching the world’s fifth largest cruise ship sail by. This sighting, combined with a strong desire not to need a coat, has made her readier than ever for the next Big Event in January.
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