I thought it was time to get in a picture of our puppy here at the Preacher Party. An active, energetic border collie whom it seems we can never tire, yet a snuggly dog who is just as content to lie at our feet on those days when we can't get to the beach. She seems to have sussed well the ability to run some days, walk others and soak up all the loving she gets.
As I return to the pulpit after two weeks off, I've been reflecting on that kind of wisdom. I've chosen, this week, not to rush back into all the pastoral visits or immediate concerns of the parish but to take some extra time to pray and to plan and to write, the work that often gets consigned to the wee small hours after I've put in time on "the real work".
Needless to say, my writing this week has not included a sermon, so I will be spending another day in quiet contemplation, welcoming the Holy Spirit as I try to hold together the validity of the different approaches of Martha and Mary.
The Lectionary readings this week certainly encourage us to reflect on the real work of the Kingdom, from Amos' indictment of unjust practice, to the image of Christ in Colossians as reconciling, to the choices of Martha and Mary in service.
Perhaps you are doing something alternative for summer worship. I love hearing about the creativity of all the different sermon series folk are embracing.
Whatever it is, join the party, inspire and be inspired.
Share what you have and take what you need.
Lets do this thing together!
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