Good morning, RevGals and especially all of you 11th hour sermonizers! Welcome to the party!
Ten years ago today, on the evening of September 10, 2001, I was at my next door neighbor's house. She and I were enjoying a glass of wine out on her deck when we got a call from my then-high school-aged daughter. Her homework assignment was to poll some adults on this question: What was the most important and memorable national or international event in your lifetime?
My friend said "the President Kennedy assassination" because everyone remembered where they were when it happened. I said "the Nixon Watergate scandal and resignation" because that event so changed people's trust in institutions and in leaders.
The next day, when the events of 9/11 crashed into our lives, we all had a new life-altering, world-changing event to top the list of events that would never be forgotten in our lifetimes.
How will your congregation honor the 9/11 tenth anniversary tomorrow? In litany, in prayer, in sermon, in ritual? Some other way, or not at all explicitly?
Someone on our church's Worship & Music Committee had suggested going in a direction away from the gospel lectionary text because the forgiveness theme was so very strong. The Romans 14:1-12 passage is also incredibly inconvenient in its insistence on not passing judgment. So, of course, I chose those two scriptures! I did acquiesce to "My Country 'Tis of Thee" being sung as one of the songs, but I requested a substitution for "I'll Fly Away" which seemed like not the best choice.
Our worship service will be casual and interactive and the last monthly outdoor worship service of the season, weather permitting. We will be accompanied by a wonderful acoustic group. I'm hoping for sunshine the likes of which has not been seen here in PA in many days. It will also be the next-to-last worship service we will share before I leave this congregation to begin a new ministry, so those transition dynamics are in play.
What decisions and compromises have gone into your worship planning for tomorrow?
What inspires you or confounds you today?
Any resources to share? Something for children?
The coffee is ready and I'm putting some carrot muffins in the oven.
Join the fun! So glad we are here together!