Ok, so this photo is neither a sheep nor a goat...It is Oliver, my daughter's dog, showing off one of his tricks - balancing a tennis ball on his head. He is such a goof-ball. I am looking forward to his visit in a week's time when all our kids are here for to celebrate Thanksgiving and a family birthday.
That's what I'm up to this week - balancing a lot of different events and activities. The Church I serve is hosting our first ever, shop local, shop small "Alternative Holiday Market" on Sunday night. We have thirty vendors and artists coming to sell their goods - and I really hope a lot of shoppers too! (And, yes in this interfaith town it is a holiday market)...
SO! Good Morning, Preachers!
We are celebrating the Reign of Christ this Sunday, and it's our "Feast of Title" Sunday....ie we are Christ Church...anyway, I am still wondering where I am going with the scripture readings, and getting distracted with a thought that came up in a Bible study "What's wrong with goats?" and "Why is Jesus picking on goats in this parable"...I mean, I know it's not really about sheep and goats, but see how easily distracted I am?
Anyway, you can find the texts here, and a discussion on the texts here. I am not sure where I am going with the texts, but I may be going someplace along the lines of this from Jan at The Painted Prayerbook
"When was it that we saw you?
.... I think of how my deepest regrets—what few I allow myself—are most often attached to occasions when I didn’t see. Didn’t know how to see, didn’t yet have the eyes for seeing. The realization of it—the dawning knowledge of where my vision was lacking—is itself a kind of punishment. But an invitation, too. To learn to look more closely. To take in what I have rushed past.
When was it that we saw you?"
Although it is possible that the Spirit will lead me in a very different direction.
What about you? Where are you being led? Looking for some ideas or help for children's time? Worried about something or someone? Whatever is causing you to be distracted today, we are here to help.
I have lots of coffee, tea, yogurt, oatmeal, apples, and bananas to get us started! Pull up a chair, grab a mug, and let me know what I can get for you, 'k? I'm really grateful you are here today.