Pastor Joe and Pastor Geoff talk about Holy Week, the importance of it and they share ideas of things happening in their churches during this special time of the year.
Joe and Geoff are starting a new series called “Why Lent?” In this episode they give an overview of the series and they talk about preaching themes for Ash Wednesday.
Links mentioned in the episode
Article by David Lose that inspired this series – https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?post=1465
Sunday is Coming – https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?post=1465
A few weeks ago I was really struggling. It felt like all areas of my life were out of place. My wife and kids were sick, I wasn’t feeling 100%, the house was a mess and I had more than 100 emails to respond too.
I needed to get away for awhile. I felt the world closing in on me. I could not stay at home because I was reminded of all that needed to be done at the house. I could not go to the church because I knew I would get interrupted or have someone add another thing to my already long to do list.
I had to find a place to go and pray.
I got in my car, I turned it on and I sat there. I did not know where to go! If I ever have a need to connect with God I would go somewhere by myself in my house or at the church. So I started to drive. Eventually I found myself at Dunn Pond, a state park that my family frequents during the summer. It never crossed my mind to go there in the winter.
I got out of my car and I went to the water. I took a deep breath and I let the spirit encompass my entire being. Then I prayed.
There is something about the water that brought me life. I felt a connection in that moment that carried me the rest of the week.
My problems did not go away but God gave me the strength to continue and I knew that God was with me.
Do you have a place that you can go to reconnect with God?
What are some of the ways that you deal with stress in your life?
And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1: 17- 18)
This passage becomes a rallying cry in many congregations. Jesus went to ordinary people doing ordinary things and he calls them to follow him. The amazing thing is they don’t even think about it! Immediately they drop everything and they follow Jesus.
When we read this passage we imagine ourselves as the disciples. We picture ourselves hearing Jesus’ voice and then we drop everything we have and we follow Jesus. The thought of acting like the disciples and following Jesus makes us feel faithful and committed to the mission of God.
But Jesus is not the only one who says “Follow me.” There are many people, organizations, and obligations calling out to us to follow them. Because of this we become confused and we don’t know who we should follow.
We have a choice, we can follow Jesus, and we can become excited and committed to our faith. Following Jesus gives us a mindset of abundance and we learn a practice of welcome and acceptance. Or we can follow outside influences that exclude others, have a mindset of sacristy and can tear others down.
Who are you following?