For a YouTube of the season 6 finale, in case you've missed it
This week some television shows are launching their new season while others are offering reruns of the season finale from last May. It seems to me that most of the shows I usually watch, like Grays Anatomy, ended last season on a note of extreme drama and violence. I remember watching and having to close my eyes and turn away.
We live in a world that is filled with so much sorrow, violence, and injustice, that often we too shut down and turn away. There is only so much a person can take what with economic collapse. weather disasters, famine, war, violence, immigration issues, and so on....yes, it's enough to make anyone want to put on blinders, cover ears, and repeat lalalalallalalallalalalala......
So it is with our scripture readings this week. How many of our congregational members will sit in church, listening with no reaction, while these readings are offered in a matter-of-fact voice? How many of us will not grasp, whether in the proclaiming of these, or in the hearing of them, that these are scary texts. I mean, seriously, what is Jesus saying?
There are lots of ideas of what scholars think. But sometimes it might just be best if we acknowledge that we don't know exactly what Jesus meant. Or at least what he meant beyond shaking us up, waking us up, and hoping that we are paying attention to the reality that God is right here with us in the muck and confusion.
Well. So much for my rant on the texts...what about you? Where are you with these readings this week? Are you "on lectionary" or blessedly "off lectionary"? Are you going with Jeremiah or Amos (I mean really, is there difference other than one being a Prophet while the other is so called"minor" prophet?)....
I think we are going to need a lot of substance to get us through this day so I am loaded up with coffee, tea, toast, muffins (carrot/raisin), eggs, bacon, pancakes...and that's just to get us started! Pull up a chair and grab a mug. We're here to help with your questions, concerns, the places you are stuck, ideas for children's time/sermons, and even feedback on your sermon. It's a party of support and love.