I am really feel a very dynamic Holy Spirit this week. She's like a divine tour guide throughout the lectionary readings. OK, so the Acts passage doesn't mention the Holy Spirit by NAME, but I'm reading her there big time. The Spirit calls Paul to Philippi, leads him to Lydia, who is already worshiping with women before she is baptized. Jesus promises the Spirit in John. The Spirit is the divine tour guide in Revelation. All in all, I'm feeling a lot of movement in this week's offerings, sending I guess it is.
The Mothering Spirit is another possible direction. I have been nudged quite a bit to work on a "real" Mother's Day sermon this year, but I am still resisting. I don't know what that means or how to do it well. I haven't ever heard one that I thought worked well, so it's just not speaking to me. However, maybe working with the Holy Spirit in any or all of these texts would lead us that direction - - the Mother Spirit the prods, calls, nudges (maybe even nags?) us to go where we are needed, the Mother Spirit who brings peace, comforts, and advocates for those in her care, the Mother Spirit who shows us what is possible, speaks the truth of the future that we just can't quite see yet from where we are.
Where are you being sent in your sermon? Where will the Spirit take you as you lead the people in hearing God's work and experience God's Spirit? The Holy Spirit is alive and well this Sunday, and I know she'll be with us as we're making our preparations, too. (I know I need her!)
Also, what do you need - - prayers, children's messages, stories, or just support? Join us in the comments and we'll wee what we've got! Welcome and pull up a seat at the table of preparation (and fair trade coffee)!