For me, this week's pulpit prep is distinctly unusual. Since last Monday, I have been letting my congregation know that I am resigning as their pastor. Last Sunday, everything was "normal"; this Sunday, things will be different. That, plus a week of laryngitis and bronchitis, and I am feeling more than a little wobbly about Sunday.
Even so, I'll dare to begin our sermon conversation:
I'm going with the "Wheat and Tares" in Matthew and the familiar Psalm 139. Sermon title is "Knit Together" and will focus (I think!) on God as the one who knits us together as a body. As I write this, it feels very embryonic, and not in a particularly cute way.
I also offer inspiration in a quote from At the Edge of the Enclosure:
All I'm saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we're caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. [Martin Luther King Jr 1929-1968]
What direction is your sermon taking?
Who has a children's sermon or an illustration or a snack to share?
What are you trying to keep and what are you tempted to toss?
Let the party begin! So glad you are here!