There is a website I go to every week with an assortment of liturgical starters – its subtitle is “the relentless return of Sunday” yeah! You can take a look here – Liturgy Link.
Here we are, it is, where I am, Thursday morning, my first deadline of the week is looming, and my head is full of mince. (That’s possibly a Scottish phrase! for mince substitute wool, cotton balls, dust bunnies etc…) I have the beginnings of an introduction; I have reflected on why on earth I committed to staying with the gospel readings through June (RCL) and I have imagined my mostly elderly congregation coming to grips with the story of the haemorrhaging woman. Then I had a strict word with myself!! This is important. “Women’s problems” have had far too long being tucked away in whispered corners. And so I am going to tackle it.
The working title I have so far, is the Power of Touch. I am intrugued by the fact that in this story the touch goes both ways: she was proactive, determined, and took the bold step of reaching out and touching. I am also intrigued by the way this story is placed in the Gospel narrative: bracketed as it is within the story of Jairus’ daughter. Almost as if the Gospel writer wanted to hide it away in the story of a child restored – which is somehow more palatable, more acceptable. It is a story where Jesus is the active one; whereas the woman – the bleeding woman – has the be proactive in her own story.
As ever, we have lots of great resources for you this week. If you are in RCL with me, do go and read this, it will open up some great ideas. If you are doing your own thing – let us know what you’re doing, share ideas, ask questions… If you are looking for prayer starters and ideas, here is a page for you!
Whatever your situation – we have this!! Sunday is coming, and whether you are in a building, or still recording or livestreaming to an empty room, we can do it together! Add your comments below, share links, ask questions. I’ll be here right through to Sunday.
Julie Rennick is a Church of Scotland Parish minister workign in the central area of Scotland. She escapes the mundane with her spaniel and her beloved by running to the coast in their motorhome – visiting the sea keeps them happy!
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