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I am in Chicago at the seminary that I graduated from with an M.Div nearly 20 years ago, attending a class lead by Eric Law on Diversity and Context – diversity in congregations. I am with a group of M.Div student and D.Min students, along with a parishioner of mine, my curate, and me – the three of us are auditing the class. We are learning about Law’s Holy Currency and the Cycle of Blessing. Days are long but fruitful in discussion and thought. One of the things we did on the first day (Monday) was a Bible Study using the Gospel for this Sunday from the RCL: The wedding in Cana. Following the pattern that Law uses with his organization called, Kaleidoscope. It is similar to Lectio Divina in that the passage is read three times. Its different because the participants reflect on three different questions and each person is invited, by another participant, to speak on what they heard.

John 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

What word, phrase, or image stands out for you?

What does this text teach you about leadership?

What does God invite you to do, be, or change through this passage?

My group had an interesting conversation that opened up this text in new and fresh ways. I wonder what the passage says to you and if these questions invite you to think in new ways about leadership, God, and transformation?

I’m not preaching this Sunday, although I will be reflecting on this text. The preacher part has started and I look forward to hearing what the passage says to you. I invite you to share as you like.

 

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice.


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16 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: What did you hear?

  1. A Saturday evening watching TV. I am on sick leave following surgery, no preaching this week or next. Missing preaching on Jesus in the wilderness.

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  2. I am using this text to look at the “7 Last Words of the Church”…We have never done it that way. I’ve set a short context for the gospel of John and simply named how easy it is to “see what we did last time” or “pull an old program off the shelf and dust it off”. Come and See is what Jesus tells his disciples and I am inviting them to ‘come and see’ by using a clip from Fiddler on the Roof.

    Since the year theme is “Holy _____! this sermon is “Holy L’Chaim”.

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      1. Terri, thanks. The clip is five minutes long so my words have to be to the point…but I am hopeful this will begin to connect in more ways with this interim position as we look down the road. I am considering inviting them to consider the Seasons Model of Ministry in how they structure themselves.

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  3. Good morning! Isaiah and Luke, preaching a sort of travelogue of our journey to Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma two summers ago. A gentle introduction for a congregation not particularly attuned to racism. We’re supposed to be in the middle of a blizzard, so I hope that people come.

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  4. We’re looking at Isaiah and John as part of our series of epiphanies – thinking about new insights, new revealings, aha moments – and wondering together about new starts, overcoming the anxiety that change brings and how nostalgia/tradition can prevent us from seeing the new things God has planned and the green shoots of faith and life all around us…the best is yet to come.

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  5. Checking in way too late to be starting, but here I am anyway. A retreat for a Presbytery committee this weekend took up my usual writing time. It was good, and I enjoyed the journey to the retreat center yesterday, but I am tired now.

    Wedding at Cana for me. Focusing on abundance, probably tying in John 10 on that. We’ll see what comes out of my keyboard.

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  6. Checking in at 6:20 pm on Saturday after a long week. Wedding at Cana and MLK Jr. Day for us– thinking about God’s abundance and our call to nag God about the places of need that still exist (nag and serve as the stewards did).

    At least, that’s my pre-writing direction. We’ll see….

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      1. I don’t hear the mother as nagging…. I hear her as “knowing” – she knows her son and when she tells him what to do and he says it’s not my time she simply rolls her eyes and looks at the stewards and says, do what he says….because she knows what he can do and that he’ll do it.

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