Lectionary Work..

After neglecting posting on this blog for way to long, I have decided to try and use it as an extension of my lectionary study work.

I have been using the Revised Common Lectionary as a guide to sermon choices for 15 years.   The decision to do so is one of the best I have made in my spiritual journey as a pastor.

I also participate regularly in a study group with other local pastors who also follow the lectionary.  This experience has also been very, very rewarding.  By doing this, I am exposed to other perspectives on the passage that I might not consider.

The Gospel passage for this week is Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.

First thoughts:  Read the following post:  http://aintsobad.typepad.com/aintsobad/  posted June 27, 2011.

Arrogance and ignorance.  I posted a reply to the post at the above listed blog even before I read the lectionary passage for today.

In an age in which “information is power”, no wonder our churches are so weak.

I cannot decide which is the greater threat, ignorance by omission, or ignorance by commission? Either why we become open to the predators who thrive in such an environment.

This is the point I am going to start my preparation for this week.  I love how our Lord works…

Honoring the Saints

Yesterday, in the morning worship, we honored a lady who has served the church faithfully for years and years. The woman whom we honored did not know we were going to do so. We included her family (of which we in the church consider ourselves part of ), friends, and others who have been effected by her servant mindset. We gave her a very nice clock with an inscription of thanksgiving for her service, dedication, and commitment.  It was a wonderful surprise for her which she humbly accepted.

In the nine years I have served this church, we have done this sort of thing five times. We do this while these folks are still alive and able to fully enjoy the celebration.

There are three reasons why we do this:

1) We believe God is honored when His saints are honored.
2) We believe people important to our spiritual family should be honored just as we honor physical family members.
3) We believe it is important to honor and celebrate individuals who model dedication, endurance, faith, and devotion.

The service was wonderful and we continued it after the hour with a fellowship of food. It was a feast for both body and soul.