Date: June 26, 2011
Liturgical Sunday: Second Sunday after Pentecost
RCL Scripture: Psalm 13; Genesis 22:1-14; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
Sermon Title: Will you pass the test?
Knox Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110626_-_knox1.mp3|titles=Will you pass the test?]
St. Mark’s Presbyterian [audio:https://wordsfromthemiddle.ca/wp-content/uploads/110626_-_St_Marks.mp3|titles=Will you pass the test?]
We are now into the season of Pentecost, or as it is frequently called, “ordinary time.” I am tremendously reassured in regard to the value of the Lectionary when such a large part of the church year is “ordinary.” Most of our lives are ordinary and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. “Ordinary” is not bad; nor is it bland, uninteresting, tedious, boring, . . . . well you get what I am trying to say. We live ordinary lives because if we lived anything else we would blow up. We simply cannot live lives at the pinnacle of excitement all the time, we aren’t built for it and if we were, then eventually that pinnacle would become ordinary anyway!
There are many places you can go to if you want to give some thought to this, I’d suggest beginning with one or both of these sermons, afterall, you are here already but when you are done with that, see if you can locate a copy of this book: The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and “Women’s Work” by Kathleen Norris. If you get this book, read it, think about it and it doesn’t change your life in how you regard the daily requirements of living, please let me know; I would love to find out what didn’t click with you and discuss it.
Just a reminder that if you prefer to download an MP3 of one or both of these sermons, go to http://tinyurl.com/455op7r
As always, may these words be a blessing to you and provide an opportunity to think/ponder/consider.