Good morning, gals and pals! I'm here to welcome you, feed you, ply you with coffee for the preacher party today. I'll admit that the way things have shaken out this week, it turned out that I am not preaching, but I retain a fascination for the texts, and I'm looking forward to our conversation today.
So, what are you looking for? I love this question from the gospel of John. The two disciples are following Jesus (I wonder how far behind him they were) and he turns around and asks them, "What are you looking for?"
It didn't give me an idea for a sermon, but it gave me an idea for this post: what are you looking for today? Are you looking for a direction for your sermon still? Are you looking for a story, an illustration? Are you looking for a children's message? Are you looking for the right words for a particular situation in your congregation or your own life? What are you looking for?
There a a lot of possible themes in our lessons this weekend. I loved the discussion on Tuesday, and the reminder of God's claim on our lives, no matter who we are. And there was lots of food for thought on Monday as well, as we pondered faithful responses in times of tragedy.
The texts for this week are here.
I have blueberry pancakes, fair trade coffee (how about toffee caramel?) and cinnamon tea.
What are you looking for?