Lectionary resources for worship, faith formation, and service
What was significant about your worship on January 15, the second Sunday after the Epiphany? Belair Uniting Church, in South Australia, has reflected on their worship and the link to that reflection is on the Seasons facebook page. Join the conversation by leaving a reply here telling about your worship or by leaving a comment on the Seasons of the Spirit Facebook page.
What thoughts, ideas, resources are guiding your preparation for January 22? Share your thoughts and ideas here; even if they are still forming. Like a pebble dropped in a still pond, your thoughts will ripple out into circles – circles in circles that don’t stop.
Last Saturday was an amazingly beautiful summer day here in our part of the world. We strolled around the garden, then around the outside walls of the house, and pondered, thought and planned what we would do…sometime! We talked about how the herb garden could be rearranged, what vegetables could be planted and where. We commented on how the window frames need painting, the fascia boards needed repair, and we discussed arranging for a trades person to quote. The conversation came to an end with, “we are always talking about what we will do; it is time to start doing it… start “walking the talk”!
This is a message in the texts for January 22, and for the Season after the Epiphany, as Susan McIlveen writes about so well in “Called Out” (Living the Season after the Epiphany) on page 190.
“Put your money where your mouth is,” Do you hear those words as a criticism? A taunt? A challenge? a test? In a concise way, this statement asks the hearer to quit talking and start walking, to take their fancy words or big ideas and put them into action…During this time we are invited to take the revelation of Christmas that God is with us, and begin to live its truth…Either way, our good intentions aren’t worth much unless we put them into practice…”
Howard Thurman, theologian, writer, civil rights leader speaks of “The work of Christmas”
“When the star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and Princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins.
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry
To release the prisoner,
To teach the nations,
To bring Christ to all,
To make music in the heart.”
At the Advent, Christmas, Epiphany 2011-12 development event in Winfield, Canada, many of the participants were introduced, for the first time, to Edwina Gateley; and for many it began a “love affair” with her writings. Edwina worked as a teacher in Uganda where she founded a missionary movement. She then felt called to study theology and later to live in a hermitage. It was not long before she was called to do something about the pain and injustice of the big-city streets… One of her poem’s “God’s Ministry” is on page 131 of SeasonsFUSION, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany.
This week we are invited to sit, for a while, with the image The Prophet, by Lucinda Naylor, and consider what is being left behind, and what we might carry forward as we respond to Christ’s call to participate in God’s ministry. As a conscious act, responses might be written on sticky notes and fixed to either the fabric that is unfurling in the wind, or the book being held to the heart.