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Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday Five: Kicking Back Edition

The view at the end of our Sunrise Service 3-31-2013

So, for those of us who are either pastors or beloveds of pastors or church folk of any serious commitment (and I can't believe you'd be hanging around RGBP unless one of those! But welcome if you are....), we have all just finished the liturgical equivalent of the Boston Marathon. 26 or so long miles of steady push, followed by a sprint here, a wall there. Only difference is, at a successful conclusion, everybody wins! Which, in my humble opinion, is one of the points of Easter.

But I digress. As I write this I am sitting in a cafe about 400 miles from my church sipping a most excellent latte, waiting to have breakfast with my daughter. This afternoon I fly to see family. After that, several days of study leave..... how about you?

This Friday Five is pretty simple:

1. What, if anything, are you doing to take your Easter season sabbath? Family? Vacation? Study Leave? Some combination of all three?

2. What is your favorite Easter season sabbath of all time?

3. If you're not taking an Easter season sabbath, what is drawing your attention as the Revised Common Lectionary bids us bide awhile with Thomas and gang? Is there a Holy Hilarity service in your future?

4. What would be your ideal Easter season sabbath? If you could go anywhere, do anything, with anybody?

5. Tell the truth now: Any Easter candy left?

This is being automatically posted from far, far away, as I will be in the Grand Tetons (where my dad and brother and family actually live!) without wireless access, and with a family computer in heavy use by high schoolers.... So have fun without me!

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  1. Replies
    1. I love your approach to the story in John.

    2. A lot of us were old seminarians and now we are even older pastors. Keep it up. Sounds like you are getting some good practice.

    3. It's interesting that the beginning of this Sunday's Gospel is one of the Gospel choices for the next and last time I preach at my field placement: Pentecost. And there's no way I'm preaching that text for my last day.

    4. Alison-in-FranceApril 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      oooh - also love your observation about John - I hope it's OK if I use it (I was already planning to observe that witnessing to the risen Christ is the church's job)

    5. Feel free to use any of my ideas. I'm always surprised, honored, and grateful when someone finds my stuff useful.

  2. I played for the first time in a very long time.

  3. I'm kicking back here. But yesterday I was remembering the 50th anniversary of the Letter from a Birmingham Jail and the 45th anniversary of MLK's death. You'll find reflections on my blog.

  4. I dug and built a firepit, then built a 5 circuit "chakra" labyrinth around it. The center around the firepit is a "henge" with 12 standing stones that represent 12 women dancing in the joy of the spirit. When I get to where I can post the pictures will be on my blog.

    1. Oh! So looking forward to these pictures!

      Deep, deep blessings.

  5. I played here
    I am retired but I can always take a rest!

  6. uh huh here
    kicking back? right now Thomas is kicking me in the butt!

  7. About to leave on my Easter Sabbath! Making everyone jealous here


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