Dear Friends, with one congregant's death upon my arrival back home, and the decedent's widow hovering at the threshold herself, I'm a little distracted with determining if I will have one memorial Friday or two. (Actually one service, two caskets.) So, I ask your indugence if my hermeneutic suffers this week. All shall be well by Saturday, but I'm struggling today.
I'm concentrating on the Markan story of the hemorrhaging woman. I'm wondering about the intersection of the woman's suffering with the little girl's. My initial working title to this sermon is "You Go, Girl!
I spent some time at GA in the presence of some remarkable women, including the first woman ordained to Ministry of Word and Sacrament in what later became our denomination. I have a special place in my heart for her because she used to serve at St. Stoic--in fact her retirement was from St Stoic. Hearing the stories of her struggle and rejection--how she was treated as a second-class citizen at the beginning of her ministry, and encouraged to sit out certain meetings with the "Pastor's wives", how she got numerous marriage proposals from men who worried for her salvation (these men assumed she would not go through with ordination if she got married).
I'm contrasting this with the straightforward way Jesus treated women in the Bible.
I'm sure hoping that this jumble of thoughts will be much more formed later in the week. How about y'all?