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I use the “Pray as you go” app on my morning commute. I’ve particularly enjoyed, this week that, each morning, the prayers have been firmly located within the Octave of Easter – each day has been named as Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday etc… As pastors, it’s tempting to rush on with the seasons. Indeed, towards the end of Lent, we often long for Easter to be done already!

Our readings, both in the Narrative Lectionary and the Revised Common Lectionary, however, encourage is to stick with the risen Christ. To stick with him until we take up the challenge he sets us – to preach, to teach, to baptise, to feed, to free, to bring healing and peace  – and the rest – WITHOUT prejudice or exception. Last Sunday, I reflected on my blog on why that is as important now as ever it was.

So, in what direction are the texts leading you this week as you continue to celebrate resurrection? Please share your workings and inspiration. You can also find some helpful discussions in our lectionary posts from earlier in the week: NL and RCL

 

Rev Liz Crumlish is a Presbyterian minister living on the west coast of Scotland. She is a member of the RevGalBlogPals Board and contributed to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.

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14 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party: Over to you edition

  1. Liz, loved your reflection on resurrection.
    With almost 13 years in Ministry i have not preached on the Matthew reading in the NL for this week. Thinking about the reality of doubt, the book-ending of Matthew with the idea that God us with us and making disciples.
    before the reading i will do a very brief outline/summary of Matthew, using images from the Bible Project.
    at 8.30 pm on Saturday night i need to form something coherent in the next few hours.

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  2. Patty, glad it came together for you – and great that you get to preach on a text you haven’t yet tackled in preaching Easter. Blessings on the heating and the sharing of the Word.

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  3. We have Youth Sunday and they are turning Low Sunday into Joy Sunday. We’re singing 5 different alleluias through the service (when we started planning and they were looking through our new Glory to God hymnals, they were surprised at how many different alleluias were in there.)
    In a couple hours, my daughter and I will go over to the church and meet the girl who is preaching so she can practice from the pulpit and my girl can practice her prelude piece on the piano (we have just a keyboard at home). And the two of them are supposed to come up with a Time with Children.
    Aside from that, I think everything is wrapped up and ready to go.
    We have several kids involved in an all night cancer walk tonight, but their parents have nixed the all night part, so they should be okay. We have one boy who will be playing soccer 45 minutes away at 8:00 am, so we are hoping for an unimpeded game and no traffic on the way back.
    –Wendy

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    1. Wendy, that’s really fitting. I believe the origin of Low Sunday comes from Laus meaning praise – so singing all those Alleluias is perfect! It sounds like all the different elements of worship are shaping up nicely for you.

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        1. Yes, it’s pretty much become a Sunday of low attendance and pastors on holiday after Easter. But I love that it was intended to be different! And that we can reclaim the joy – as you are doing.

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  4. Hi,
    I’m looking at the RCL texts from John and Revelations and we’re thinking together about Shalom – peace be with you. I’m linking it to Avengers Endgame – and living with grief and loss [no spoilers] and also with our Holy Communion where we will share the Peace with one another [we’re Scottish Presbyterian so formal Eucharist is only celebrated a couple of times each year with lots of informal celebrations monthly and on special occasions but tomorrow is one of our Formal communions to which all members get a hand delivered invitation.] I am hoping to teach everyone ‘Shalom my friends, Shalom’ which we’ll sing in the all age ‘wondering together’ and then sing again after Communion and as we leave the sanctuary.

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    1. Hi Maggie, great tie in with Avengers Endgame – and so glad you can do that without spoilers. Shalom my friend will be a good recurring theme through the service.

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  5. I’m preaching The John’s gospel passage tomorrow in a friends church.
    Along the lines of Jesus thinking Thomas worth coming back for and how we need to make some space for that Peace that the Risen Christ breathes into us – it’s hard to allow peace to penetrate when our heads and hearts are filled with concerns and worries.

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  6. My version of post-Easter (and Christmas) break is to sing lots of hymns, at least this year. I’m writing a very short meditation on doubt/belief/faith, how the gospel story has been distorted in its popularization, and the gift of the blessing Jesus gives to us (and John’s post-Jesus congregation) by not condemning unbelief, as experienced by every character in this story, but blessing those who will never see Jesus. Then as segue, sometimes it’s easier to sing something when we have “doubts” than it is to say it, so let’s sing “Jesus Loves Me.”

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  7. I’m not sure if I’m doing a good thing or a terrible thing. I’m using Acts and John to preach on our Strategic Plan, which is written in super Gallup/corporate consultant language. (And btw, I heard George Gallup speak at Chautauqua years ago about faiths stats — fascinating. He was genuinely interested in the arena of religion.) Ever since my interview with the church council last July, I have been trying to nudge them toward an understanding that we are church, not Microsoft. The corporate-style leaders are very open to what I have to say and have become so dear to me, but faith language is as challenging to them as corporate jargon is to me. I figure my sole gift to them is to use whatever interim time I have to help them express themselves and thereby understand themselves a little differently — but I’m never sure whether I’m on track or engaging in a great compromise.

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  8. I am immensely grateful to 2013 Monica for writing a halfway decent sermon on Psalm 118. I’ve updated it and will recycle it for tomorrow, when we worship outdoors (Good Lord willing and weather permitting).

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