Welcome to the preacher party! Here on the west coast of Scotland, it’s chilly and rainy, perfect weather for a cup of tea by the fire with fuzzy socks. Less perfect for, say, dipping oneself seven times in the Jordan river (though that would probably have been slightly warmer than the river Clyde outside my window!), and yet those of us on the Narrative Lectionary will ponder that nonetheless. Who are the prisoner-of-war girls or the nameless servants who might be inviting us to faithfulness? What does it mean to follow God’s script rather than our own egos? What surprises are in store for those who seek God’s prophets?
Those preaching the RCL can warm themselves with love (though we all know that Jesus doesn’t mean fluffy pink hearts…and neither does Ruth, or the psalmist, or the writer of Hebrews! But still.). They can follow to unknown places, try out unorthodox approaches, and make some adjustments to previous understandings of the word.
Whatever way you’re going, whether it’s a lectionary or a series or All Saints Sunday or something else, and whatever weather you’re experiencing, this is the party for you! I have ice cream, and hot cocoa…a fluffy cat to sit on your lap, and plenty of housework to procrastinate with. And here in the Church of Scotland it’s our national day of prayer for the church, so I suspect I’ll come home from the prayer breakfast with something carbalicious to share!
Pull up a chair and a blank screen, and let’s get this party started!
Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland. She lives in a delightful manse looking out at all the weather headed straight for her, while she and her cat Andrew decide whether or not to brave the elements or make sermonising into a blanket-fort activity. You can sometimes find her at her blog CleverTitleHere, and in her book, Who’s Got Time: Spirituality for a Busy Generation, and as a contributor to the RevGals book There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.
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