Summary of what I was saying and why:
I’d preached on the woman at the well last year and wasn’t ready to go back there. I love preaching on water because it means baptism. Somewhere I got stuck on the question of enough water. And then “enough water for what?”
Jesus Count: low
Good News: God gives us abundant water and asks us to share.
What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. Not only did I write it on my feet but it took a bit of a new direction.
I tweaked the first couple of paragraphs that morning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
Especially at the second service the end rambled a bit. At the first service, I had a technology failure and I only recorded the first two minutes. Always charge your recording device. Also, don’t forget this while you’re on vacation.
What did work?
Preaching on social justice issues isn’t my strong suit. I was happy that it wiggled in a bit on this one.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Arnold, Hope is a kind of thirst
“In baptism, we dip down into that pure spring and the water stays with us. Our thirst for the living water is quenched, and the spring of grace is always flowing.”
Priest Garner, Sermon for Lent 3A
“Our lives are filled with thirsts. We are thirsty for financial security. We are thirsty for social acceptance. We are thirsty for the comfortable life that means we don’t have to worry about being thirsty for anything. But inside all of us there is a longing that is deeper than our physical needs—a thirst for peace with the one who made us.”
Dean Richards, The Woman at the Well and our habitual responses
Habitual responses, a consideration of ‘gyne’, and living water.
(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.