Dipping into the Lectionary…

Let’s see what’s coming up this Sunday, 2nd September 2018… Song of Songs 2:8-13 This is from one of the most delightfully sensuous texts in our sacred book – certainly apt for the first weekend of Spring in the lands south of the equator. Eugene Peterson cites the Song of Songs for the intimate languageContinue reading “Dipping into the Lectionary…”

Something New Under the Sun?

     What has been is what will be,     and what has been done is what will be done;     there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) This is the most all-embracing commentary I can find on the very public exposure of the malaise which passes for parliamentary democracy inContinue reading “Something New Under the Sun?”

A Quick Foray into next Sunday’s RCL

I’m missing engagement with the Revised Common Lectionary. I’ve lived and breathed it the 47 years I was in formal pastoral ministry. So here’s a quick glimpse at what’s coming up this Sunday. 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 A high moment in Israel’s story. Under Solomon’s reign, the first Jerusalem Temple is completed.Continue reading “A Quick Foray into next Sunday’s RCL”

A Welcoming Ragtag Band

Yesterday I listened to a Roman Catholic priest address an ecumenical but predominantly Roman Catholic gathering on Baptism and Meditation. In illustrating the practice of meditation (properly “contemplation”) as an act of creating hospitable space for us to become aware of God’s constant hospitality towards us, he described how, following his full observance of theContinue reading “A Welcoming Ragtag Band”