|Coventry Cathedral Baptistry|
make our hearts bold with love for one another.
Pour out your Spirit upon all people,
that we may live your justice
and sing in praise
the new song of your marvelous victory. Amen.
As we progress through May we now find ourselves on the 6th Sunday of Easter. Soon we come to Ascension Day and then to the fires of Pentecost. But even as we look forward we need to live in the moment. The readings for this week can be found here.
As I look down the list I quickly realize that this is one of the (multitudinous) Sundays in the Lectionary cycle when I would find trying to find a unifying theme in the 4 readings a terribly frustrating process. Normally my response to those Sundays (which I argue make up the majority of the Sundays in a 3 year cycle) is to simply not try. I then choose which passages to read based on where the sermons winds blow me. However I know that some clergy, and congregations, find it important to read all 4 readings every week, even if they will not all be explicated in the rest of the service. What do y'all do?
|WE ALL ARE!|
And then there is love. There is always love. At least that is what the author of 1 John would have us believe. He seems to use the word a lot. So does the Gospel writer in fact (if you believe they are different writers). And love is the commandment that guides our lives. And maybe that takes us back to the inclusion question raised in Acts. Hey! Look at that! I linked them all together!
Mind you I would be tempted to talk about the difference between servants and friends. A difference here based on the knowledge of the leader's goals and methods. So which are we?