Hi friends! Happy Shrove Tuesday!
We had our big Mardi Gras celebration at the church on Sunday - it was so much fun! Decorations, brass, food and a mocktail bar - it doesn't get better than that!
Our Ash Wednesday Worship service is at 7PM tomorrow. If you are in Rehoboth, I would love to see you there! You do not have to get ashes imposed if you would just like to enjoy the service.
Here is my sermon from Sunday - the story of the Transfiguration!
Finishing up our glance at 1 Corinthians, we came off a wonderful evening of show tunes at RCC and then gathered for worship on Sunday morning. It was a great weekend to finish up this sermon series, think about what local churches are capable of doing (because y'all we have done a lot over the past couple of weeks) and then settle down and start thinking about the Lenten season.
Mardi Gras Sunday is this week! I decided to jump back into the Revised Common Lectionary (I know, I know) for Lent, so I will be following the Gospel texts until Easter Sunday.
No, not the Celine Dion song, although you better believe I listened to it while I was writing my sermon this week!
This scripture was actually the catalyst for this sermon series looking at 1 Corinthians in the first place. I wanted to explore some of the "love" passages in the Bible that we know so well to help us, as a congregation, as we continue to figure out how to best love God, love one another and then love others. Though not at all planned, the timing was perfect in light of Valentine's Day this week!
We only have one more week left in this sermon series and then it's Mardi Gras, Lent (I think I'm going to follow the RCL for Lent) and then I'm having a baby! I cannot believe that at the end of Lent, I will (hopefully) be preaching Easter and then will be off on maternity leave for 10 weeks. This pregnancy flew by!
The deacon leading worship on Sunday came into my office before church and was commenting on how much he loves this scripture. Honestly, it's always been one of my favorites! It's wonderful as it stands alone, but then, when you think about the fact that it leads into Paul's words on love, is even more powerful.
There are so many different directions you can go with this text! I talked about the distribution of work within the Body mostly because I thought it was timely with where we are, as a church, but really the possibilities are endless when you preach this. There's so much good stuff in it!