Good morning, gals and pals! This weekend as I am farther behind than usual as I embark on "the preaching task." What about you? As I set the breakfast table and put the coffee on, and listen to news reports on Hurricane Ike, I am also reflecting on a weekend tradition of ours around here: TCM'S The Essentials. Every weekend there is a classic, essential movie, a movie like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, or Casablanca. And there is a discussion: just why is this movie an "Essential"?
Well, I can't help thinking that this weekend is a weekend for the essentials.
From Tuesday's discussion, I know we are going in many directions. Some of us are preaching on the lessons for Holy Cross, some on the 18th Sunday after Penteocst. Others have been winding their way through Exodus. And I'm sure there are many many sermon sparks out there we're not aware of: yet.
As for me, I've been thinking about forgiveness: Joseph and his brothers, Peter and Jesus, the unforgiving servant. As a Bible study participant said on Wednesday: so necessary, so difficult. That's forgiveness.
So: I've got the muffins and the coffee, the placemats and the flowers, the prayers and the meditations. It's all set for you. Will you join me on this very essential weekend?