Blogging my latest intercessions, while I’m thinking of them.
Pentecost. I guess if you’re into superheroes, it’s a little like Shazam. And if you’re into horror movies… Oh wait, maybe that first Penetcost was kind of like this:
Having been lazy on the blogging front, it was hard to find common themes in this week’s readings. But, it’s like anything else. You have to write, and think, and pray, to be able to write, think, and pray. Or something like that. Anyway, I think this week introduces us to a God whose forgiveness just doesn’t make sense. And we couldn’t be any luckier.
Posting intercessions that I wrote a few weeks ago. I’ve fallen so far behind in posting. It makes me sad, but lately I just can’t seem to catch up. Hopefully soon. But happily, I’m learning so much in these weeks!
Dang! It’s been about forever since I’ve posted. So much is happening with candidacy and serminary application, that I can’t quite find it in me to spare the mental bandwidth to write here.
Come to think of it, I guess I haven’t been serving as assisting minister much in a while, either. But, it leaves space for others to start serving, and that’s important to me. I’m very taken with the thought that we’re all equally means of grace for each other. And I can sure use some grace!
Kind of a quick reflection this week, since I’ve been busy working on my upcoming sermon. Hopefully there are some provocative thoughts in here that might give you food for thought this week. Have a blessed Christmas!
The first Sunday of Advent! A new church year. Coming off the craziness of Thanksgiving, it’s hard for me to be emotionally present in the start of the season. This week’s readings seem scattershot at first, but then I started to see some common threads that stand out to me. Most surprisingly, that our God is not like other gods. It’s almost like being in doctrine class. Anyway, I hope you might find something meaningful in my post for this week.
This was a funny week. I knew this week’s Gospel was the parable of the talents (being stewardship days and all), but I totally forgot it. As I worked through the first 2 readings, it was actually quite a surprise to hit the parable! Perhaps due to that, I was blessed to read the parable in a new way that I’d not quite connected before. But anyway, the mystery of faith. In the end, to have a concept of how faith really does make all things possible is revolutionary. To try and explain that sense seems so utterly complicated, though. In any case, I pray perhaps I did some little bit of justice to that end, this week…..
This week’s readings seem to speak about assumptions. We live in diverse communities, with a lot of mistrust, and we naturally make lots of assumptions about “them” and what they really want. This week we’ll hear about Cyrus the King of Iran (especially interesting considering Middle East politics and the face of Islam), successful churches, and the tax. I find myself being warned that things are not necessarily what they seem to be.
Community. That seems to be where my mind is focused this week. Of course, if you’re the kind of person that wants to hole up in your cave, this post will be a waste. This week’s readings offer us a more fufilling alternative to the life we live now. As long as we suffer from guilt, or seek to succeed, or to be blameless – maybe the first thing we think of as seeking freedom – it just doesn’t work. Because all those things remain in endless supply, and the fight never stops. But what if there was another way…? What if there were a new way to see and perceive, where all those things vanish? A new way where we’re not fighting, but thriving?