Summary of what I was saying and why:
“pluck out your eye…cut off your hand” I’ve been fascinated with this passage since a rather bad sermon in preaching class. It’s a hard section in a hard section. And yet I keep trying to sort it out in a sermon. This time my struggle with what this all means intersected with Pro Infirmis’s YouTube video considering perfect bodies.
Jesus Count: high
Good News: God loves us.
What did I change on my feet?
So much. The first service I was a bit of a rambling mess. I managed to pull things together a bit the second time.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
My notes had some quotes from the video that I didn’t use. Some of that was memory, more of it is that I wasn’t sure about my description of the video. It would have been a different exercise to preach this in a setting where I could show the video.
What did work?
I got a lot of positive feedback about the video.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Downs invites us to see sin and ourselves from God’s view.
Priest Giroux considers divorce and the book of arguments.
Bishop Fisher quotes Dumbledore and talks about pizza and Communion.
(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.