When I decided to preach through the Gospel of Mark, I didn't really think much about what it would be like to preach through the end of it. We usually just tell the story - I've never preached on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. It's been a really good challenge for me, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't considering preaching at some point next year during Holy Week. There's a lot going on in this passage - my sermon barely scrapes the surface! I talked about the role of the centurion and what this means for us as we see Jesus for who he is and then proclaim that message to the world.
We started the summer with a bang on Sunday.
A few highlights.
- Our Music Director totally spaced that we moved to 9AM and so worship started "fashionably late".
- My sweet little angel baby was in worship because our nursery care provider isn't contracted for the summer and he MADE HIS PRESENCE KNOWN. When I stood up to make announcements he yelled, "MAMA GET DOWN!" and then cried when Bruce said, "shhhh". At one point he ran up to the pulpit, found a leftover confetti canon from Easter and set it off. Bruce took him out and then his friend, Bridget, who was sitting behind him with his mom started crying, "I want Harrison!" #PKlifebelike
- I found a typo in the baptismal liturgy, which was totally my fault and ugggggh. I hate that.
- A cat ran into the sanctuary at the end of my sermon and made it halfway down the aisle before one of the Deacons caught up to her.
Sooooo, yeah. I need to regroup this week.
I was preaching on the condemnation of Jesus, which I imagine rendered its own level of chaos when it was happening. So I guess the lesson in all of this is whether we are yelling, "Crucify him!" or, "There's a cat in the sanctuary!" God is present in the midst of the mayhem.
We were off the Year of Mark this week for Pentecost. There was no denying the Holy Spirit was present on Sunday when you walked into church! We had a big fabric installation and a cake with sparkler candles and everyone wore red.
Sunday was also Children's Day at RCC, so it was a really short sermon before the older kids did their "memorable moments" skit, where they each talked about their most memorable moment at the church this year.
We are nearing the end of our Year Of Mark! We will be taking the week off for Pentecost and Children's Day and then will pick it up again on June 16th - Father's Day. This week was Peter's Denial. I talked about what it means that Jesus called the Church into being and how we can use this space to hold ourselves accountable to who we are, as people of faith, and who God is calling us to be. Enjoy!