It’s been a couple of weeks, hasn’t it? Sorry. A bit of vacation time, a small cold, and a my schedule leapt out of control.
Summary of what I was saying and why:
This is one of the differences between the Canadian and American churches–up here Holy Cross takes precedence over Sunday. My opinion on this varies so it’s a good thing the Kalendar is there to provide a single and consistent answer.
The Cross, however, rarely provides a single and consistent answer. The line to which I was writing, but didn’t get included due to reasons, is that the Cross is a sign and not a sacrament. It points to something, to Jesus.
Jesus Count: average
Good News: the point is Jesus, who loves us.
What did I change on my feet?
I wrote a lot of this late and early, and very little on actual paper. So it’s hard to tell. My preaching seems to be swinging through a more extemporaneous delivery phase.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
It preached very somberly. I think there might have been some missed humour with the beginning history. I tend to preach on the theology of the day at times like this more than the lessons, but it could’ve stood a bit more influence or tie in.
What did work?
“If it ain’t (sic) about Jesus…”
And it was.
Other sermons I liked:
Priest Lightcap, Repreived
If I can get people to do this just once I will be happy.
(Torey has also been playing with the sermon time a bit and it’s been inspiring to see that kind of creativity.)
Priest Giroux, Hard as Nails
Jesus isn’t offering loopholes.
Priest Baum, Pentecost 14
“He didn’t get a second chance to try to stay in the game. The game itself has been cancelled. There is no debt to work off, or to unrealistically promise to work off. The whole system of debt and debtors was declared invalid. That’s it. The king has declared that mercy will rule in the place of justice.”
(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. I indicate both numbering systems.