Link: Holy Ground 6 Sept 13
Summary of what I was saying and why:
These are not happy readings. Lamentations, Timothy needing bucking up, disciples asking for more faith and being told they are slaves.
And when I read through them two things stood out Timothy inherited his faith (as we have ours) and the mourning over what once was. Aside from the fact that moaning about the denigration for current state of the Church is a bit of a button, I’ve long believed that you don’tget to complain unless you are helping fix the problem. (Why do you think I’ve been involved with the Church for so long?)
Theology: Resurrection and evangelism
Jesus Count: low
Good News: we are waiting to be filled
What did I change on my feet?
Not a lot. Which is good, this was an “we all hang together” sort of sermon.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I missed a paragraph in at the first service, it still worked but was weaker. At the second service I felt like I missed something about the conclusion, but I don’t know quite what.
What did work?
There were a lot of pieces that had to come together for this to work. And this is a more formal tone than I usually preach in. I was happy to be out of my comfort zone and happier that I kept track of all the pieces.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Pankey had me thinking about a God who knows what we need (and don’t need) before we can ask. (Which comes from the ’79 BCP, not the sermon.)
Dean Richards talks about Facebook, meta narrative, all of the great and hard baggage we have inherited, and which story we tell. I do want to point out that there is a difference between poor use of Facebook and Facebook being a poor tool.
(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.