This summer my congregation and I have been engaging a sermon dialogue time. We are doing this to help us all listen more deeply for God. To do this I ask them to listen for three things in the readings:
What word, image, or phrase stands out for them. I ask them to pay attention because I believe that the Holy Spirit activates in us just below the surface of our consciousness. A word, phrase, or image in scripture that stands out for us may be an indication of how God is seeking to act in and through us. We have to practice listening to hear the Holy Spirit.
We are also following the summer series, Unraveled, from A Sanctified Art. The second question I ask them to consider is, What or who is being unraveled. And, how do we find God in the unraveling?
The third question comes from the Kaleidoscope Institute’s Bible Sharing, and it is, What is God asking you to do, be, or change through these readings.
Yes, this is a lot to ask people to think about in a few minutes on Sunday morning. But we are doing it, and having thoughtful conversations.
If you are following the RCL, our readings for Sunday are provocative. Divisions in families, hypocrisy and a failure to see the times for what they are. Sounds familiar to us even now.
I’m curious to see where these texts take us.
What about you? What text speaks to you, whether you are following the RCL or another source?
This is the 11th Hour Preacher Party, and we’re here to walk this journey together.
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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