DSCN4091“I pray that…Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” Ephesians 3:17

This is my favourite passage for beach walking. I’m fortunate enough to live just a few minutes from the beach and, most days, I can be found walking and meditating on this verse. It’s become like a mantra for me. My hope is that, if I absorb it into my very being, it will affect all that I do. Lord knows the world needs folk who are rooted and grounded in love.

This is just one of the passages on offer in the RCL this week. You can find discussion in Tuesday’s Lectionary post.
Perhaps you’re tackling, instead, the other side of love with David and Bathsheba or God’s abundant provision with Elisha or the feeding of the 5000 in the gospels.
Wherever the Spirit is leading you this week, we’d love to hear about it – share your thoughts and your struggles, share a link to your reflections if you’re calling it done, while we encourage one another to be rooted and grounded in love as we preach God’s word this week.

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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12 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Rooted and Grounded

  1. I’ll be working with the Gospel text. As I was thinking about the text earlier in the week, it occurred to me that the real miracle may not be the multiplication of food, but instead the changing of people’s hearts from fear to generosity. I will be using the story Stone Soup, which also appears on the surface to be a creation of a meal out of nearly nothing. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the biggest change is taking place in people’s hearts as their fear and suspicion is replaced buy a sense of community and caring. This will be my last sermon before a three-week vacation, so all I have for virtual food to share is a few odds and ends of leftovers that need to be gone by Monday.


    1. I agree, Barbara – any lasting cultural change has to begin with hearts and minds. Praying that your energy holds out for this last thing before vacation!


  2. I am preaching Mark 2: 1-12 where the four people lower the paralyzed man through the straw roof to see Jesus. I had always thought these four were friends. The text says “some people came…and four of them brought a paralyzed man.” Part will be wondering if indeed this man was a complete stranger and how that changes the emphasis along with wrestling with the straw roofs of our times that need to be broken through.

    Time with kids: There may be one and there may be five. At first I thought to have someone on a blanket and see if one of them could life the blanket. (no!) But even working together, I am pretty sure they could not accomplish the task which would not reinforce the story of these four people working together. Any ideas on what I could place on the blanket they could lift and be successful?


    1. Another way to approach the idea of working together (which I may have learned at the Preacher Party): on a table, place a container, surround by some small blocks. Ask the kids to put the blocks into the container, but tell them they can only use the tip of one finger. Eventually, if they haven’t figured it out for themselves, show them how two people can lift a block together, if each provides a finger and they press the block between their two fingertips. It’s a fun activity for all ages, will work with just one kid and you, and really drives home the point that there are things we can only accomplish when we work together. Blessings, and good luck!

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    2. A blanket would be tough to lift with any amount of hands… what if you used a chair instead? Today, the man who couldn’t walk would probably be in a wheelchair. Even if there aren’t enough child hands to lift the chair, a couple of adults would be able to lift without much trouble.

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  3. Working on the feeding of the 10,000 (I count women & children!) from Mark. Have an outline talking about Jesus’ compassion upon seeing a need (not dependent upon a request), and the fulfillment of that need through the hands of other people. Hoping that it comes together into a sermon.

    I have lots of lettuce from my garden to share! Hurry though – it’s starting to bolt and will be too bitter to eat soon.


  4. There are times I read the texts and certain phrases make me stop abruptly. Today, the feeding of the thousands stopped me twice: “he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted,” and “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”

    Wanted, not needed. There’s an eat-your-fill approach going on here. Don’t worry about taking too much– there’s plenty. The 14 year-olds who have bottomless stomachs? Even they are satisfied at the end!

    And Jesus’s concern that every last scrap is worth saving. Even with all that abundance.

    I’m early in my writing process, but these are the two magnets for my heart. I wonder how they’re connected, and what Spirit has to say to my congregation in this.


  5. I am on vacation, as of Monday morning (well, except for that pesky meeting on Tuesday). So, I am more than a little distracted. We’re not leaving town until next weekend, but there’s lots of planning and organizing and logistics-managing that needs to happen between now and then.

    We’re finishing up a four week series on prayer, that has gone well, but I’m mentally done with it! Tomorrow is prayers of plea and lament. Two main ideas I want to get across: God can take our negative emotions. And prayers for ourselves and others are powerful. These have been short sermons (like half-length), because we’re adding in some experiential pieces at the end, and our pianist has to get out on time to go to her next piano gig, at her own church. It’s pretty clear in my head; just needs to get out on the screen.

    I am cooking up a storm, for the vacation (it’s a vacation/family reunion/50th anniversary celebration for my parents), so I have food, in quantity, but you can’t eat it till next week! ha!

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