CA9AA222-2DA8-47B9-9C81-0B478D3E7A2BAt first glance, the Lectionary texts for both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary are ones we might want to shy away from in our current pandemic crisis. But a second glance serves to convince us that they are just right for speaking into the weirdness and tragedy of our world today. There’s some helpful discussion on the RCL and NL posts from earlier in the week if you’re still looking for ways to approach these texts. We’d love to know about alternatives you might have selected.

Because so many of us are live streaming or pre-recording messages to be shared, it appears that we’re having to be prepared earlier in the week. That means you might have slightly more space in your weekend. But, of course, nothing is ‘normal’ right now. It would be good to know whether you’re finding any kind of rhythm and how you’re caring for yourself and your significant others.

We’re always happy to hear what you’re learning about ministry in this season, whether you’re getting to grips with technology or finding ways to equip the saints for the mission of God. And, if you could use some help, please just ask. Together we’re all discovering who God wants us to be today.

Rev Liz Crumlish is a Presbyterian minister living on the west coast of Scotland. She is a member of the RevGalBlogPals Board, writes for Spill the Beans, blogs at Journalling and contributed to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit ********************************************************************************

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6 thoughts on “11th Hour Preacher Party:Apocalypse and Resurrection

  1. For the last couple of weeks I have been engaging in a sermon dialogue with my clergy colleague and the congregation via ZOOM. Tomorrow, however and for Palm Sunday, HW, and Easter, I think I will offer a prepared reflection. Now I just need to anchor myself in what I need to say. This is not easy because my brain is feeling like it too is on lockdown.

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  2. I’m wrapping up a Lenten series on spiritual disciplines. Via zoom (which used to seem so weird to say but is starting to feel normal). I had “Lenten Worship” on the schedule, to talk about how worship and attending worship is a spiritual discipline. As I’ve been doing a LOT of reflection on what makes worship, well, worship, I think I’m going to roll with it. I’ve also been preaching much shorter than usual–close to half as long–so it needs to be succinct and tightly constructed. We’re allowing lots of time for checking in with our small congregation, which seems important too. Frankly, more important than the sermon. I also scripted out the entire service last week for the first time in YEARS, and I think I need to do that again. As an upside, we have a musically talented member who is usually not able to attend due to health issues. But he can make a zoom call, and is willing to lead our singing, which is wonderful.

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    1. Monica, I love the opportunities that are opening up as we explore new ways of worship – and great that that is on your schedule. Whole congregations are emerging changed by this experience.

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  3. I was ordained on March 8 and then the world fell apart. I have been serving this church for a year, but none-the-less, this is not what I thought my first three weeks of ordained ministry would look like. I feel like I am working harder than I ever did when I went into the office. But this week is going to be about the humanity in this story – including Jesus, Mary, Martha, and the disciples. I will be livestreaming from my living room and am borrowing a dog to add a little comfort to those watching. Last week I built a fire to create that warmth. And yet I know it is the presence of God’s love and work through my words that will create the most comfort.

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