Somehow it’s already the weekend. I know I was on holiday this week and just came back to work on Friday, and I know that may not have been the world’s wisest choice because OMG IT’S ALMOST SUNDAY….but better than coming back Saturday night as I usually do, I suppose!
Here in Scotland it’s Remembrance this weekend, meaning our service will start earlier than normal so that we can pause for 2 minutes of silence at 11:00, and there will be extra elements in the service as well. Plus more visitors than normal, here specifically for Remembrance. This year marks 100 years since the first Remembrance observance, as last year marked 100 years since the armistice that ended the First World War. It’s an interesting day to preach Hosea (on the Narrative Lectionary), for sure!
Whether you are working on the NL, or the RCL, it seems the picture of God we see in this weekend’s texts is of God working overtime as a divine parent. It’s the hard stuff, with toddler-questions and angsty teens and who knows what else, and yet God chooses to be God of the living, to lift us up like infants to God’s cheek, etc etc.
How are you feeling that closeness today? Is it bringing you inspiration? Or stifling your creativity like parents inevitably do at one point or another?
Do you have special remembrance-related things this week? Or are you studiously avoiding any whiff of it? Or perhaps preparing for an extended Advent, or another special occasion?
Whatever you have on this week, you are welcome here as we work together toward proclaiming the good news around the world this weekend! Bring your ideas, your half-finished phrases, your children’s sermon questions, your prayers, and your snacks. We’re ready to party!
Teri Peterson is a minister in the Church of Scotland. She lives along the beautiful Firth of Clyde with a cat who is not pulling his weight in sermon writing, but is happy to nap in exactly the place a laptop ought to be. She is co-author of Who’s Got Time: spirituality for a busy generation, a board member of RevGalBlogPals, and a contributor to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit.
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