Rev Gals and Pals,
I pray you are doing well today and enjoying seasonably favorable weather where outdoor hobbies might be competing for your time. I find sunshine to be inspiring and while a bit cool, it is still a beautiful day here in southwest Wisconsin where my many flowers and a couple of tomato plants are spending some time in purgatory (the garage) waiting for warmer nighttime temperatures to make an outdoor setting a safer bet for this year’s plantings.
Is your sermon coming along for you or are you still in the pondering in a pre-writing stage? Are the wonderful texts for the Sixth Sunday of Easter all competing for your proclamation? One of my rural congregations will be blessed with a baptism this Sunday and the other congregation will experience this same joy next Saturday. I’ll be preaching from the Acts texts lifting before the congregants the good news of baptism and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon both the Jewish and Gentile people. Maybe you’re a Narrative Lectionary preacher where this week’s scripture also provides an opportunity to give a nod toward baptism. I would enjoy hearing from you, celebrating insight and offering a helpful comment or two if you’re feeling stuck. Please join the conversation as we support one another this week. Here are our discussions from this week on the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary.
Lori Kleppe is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America currently serving two rural congregations in southwest Wisconsin. She previously served as a military chaplain in the United States Navy wearing the uniforms of all the sea services- the Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. Prior to seminary, Lori worked in education where she found middle school students to be a joy. Lori and her husband Gregg live in a parsonage with one cat and two French Bulldogs. They enjoy rural life, glamping, and visiting their adult sons in the city.
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