Monday, 31 May 2010

'Ordinary time'

For anyone feeling deflated by the return to ordinary time, after all the festival of Eastertide & Pentecost, you might like the Godly Play description of this as the 'green and growing' season.

So, how can we grow this week?

Readings are:
1 Kings 17:8-16 (17-24)
Galatians 1:11-24
Luke 7:11-17

The stories of the raising of widows' sons are always attractive - but for some reason I feel drawn to the Galatians reading & Paul's account of how he received the gospel. In the United Reformed Church we will soon be entering the year of evangelism, after the year of prayer, and I think I want to explore the link between the 2 things - evangelism and prayer. We should never forget that winning people with the good news is God's work not ours - we shouldn't get entirely hooked on how we can tell people about God's love, and forget that God reaches out to people - that we can help to create the space where God can speak...
I might pinch the title of a retreat for ordinands I heard about 'It's not all about you'!

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