Sunday Reflections-Trinity Sunday

     Other
than a very lovely image (not this one, but similar!) on the first PowerPoint slide there really wasn’t much
of our Service this morning to indicate that it is, in fact, Trinity Sunday.

     I
guess I had received “fair warning” in that there had been an email earlier in
the week describing plans for a 12 –week summer sermon series on the minor Prophets
of the Old Testament.

   Sometimes fitting into a non-Lectionary based
Service structure is a huge learning curve for me. Since a goodly portion of
the congregation does not come from the Anglican tradition it is easy to
understand that this sort of plan would be perfectly normal whereas for me it
is quite a radical shift.

   Not
that I did not appreciate the months we spent on the Book of Acts, or even my
first summer at St. Stephen’s when Rob Bell videos formed the core of each week’s
teaching. Knowing that the children would not be there today I went expecting
to hang with the adult congregation; so armed with my knitting, I did!

    There certainly was a wide variety of content, from a selection of new worship songs (I hadn’t been foolish enough to
expect St. Patrick’s Breastplate”!!) to a presentation from a parishioner who
spent an extended period working in a Youth Initiatives conflict resolution program
in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and then to Jenna’s homily on the Book of Hosea.
Whew! pretty diverse.

 
Thus there was plenty to chew on as I cycled home.

     Reflecting on the summer Sundays to come
and on my desire to find the “kernel” in the Service that will be there just
for me, (as I firmly believe that when we consciously go to public worship in order
to meet God, He always has something unique for each person present)it sometimes hits one in the face with a major wham! whereas other times it is subtle and
harder to find.

    One of Jenna’s suggestions was that we read
the whole book of each “Prophet of the Week” and I certainly intend to make
that a part of my personal discipline, even on those weeks when I know that Camp
Ministry work will keep me away from Church, but I also think that it might
help to take the time each week and imagine how to share that Prophet’s message
with the small children.  

    It does not matter if they actually
come or not, the exercise is to stretch me, to be creative and imaginative in
conveying the message found in that “kernel”

and by so doing make it impact on my own
heart.

    Sound like a lot of extra work?  Maybe but it seems to me the best course
forward rather than griping because we are not following the Gospel reading for
Pentecost 3, or whatever the Lectionary dictates!

 We’ll see how it goes!!!

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  1. Thanks for these reflections. Very insightful. I love the lectionary too. I love the calendar- it is a challenge, isn't it, to diverge away now and then from the liturgical calendar, but still honour it in our service? I think this is a conversation worth having !

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