Tuesday, June 3, 2008

for the cheeky chaplain

the cheeky chaplain has scolded me for not blogging so since i've been procrastinating anyway i thought i might as well blog. besides, perhaps you can point me back to work.

we've met the pastor parish committee and toured the house. everyone seems very nice and some things seem rather complicated but i can't really get into that here. we are very excited about the appointment and part of me wishes that i could just jump right in and start. however, i'm glad that is not the case.

i've been prepping to write the first 4 or 5 sermons. yesterday i went and bought a bunch of commentaries and other books that i thought would be helpful. today i've been surfing the net looking for other helps.

i did pick the scriptures for the last Sunday in June and the month of July. i am looking forward to July because i LOVE the parables! this church seems to be used to having only one scripture read. for July i plan on going along with that. i do plan on switching the service around a bit, but hopefully not freak anyone out. the cheeky chaplain has a great format that i'm using to be informative. not quite a duplication but definately using it and the current format the church is using in an attempt to combine the two.

i've had things rolling about my empty head (it's considerably lighter now that seminary is over) but haven't been able to put anything on paper. i'm trying to get my prayer life back on track since i don't think i have any right to be ministering if i'm not doing that. it feels good.

i am interested in finding some process theology informed prayers and litanies--any suggestions? it's funny, i should be writing my own but right now that feels too strange. i want to use someone else's litanies/calls to worship/etc and concentrate on the sermons being completely my own. i used to love doing all of it myself. i do want to get back to that but for wahtever reason, i feel hesitant to do so. perhaps i should just do it and let it inform my sermons.

why resist my own creative flow? now that i'm thinking about it--perhaps i should write my own calls to worship and see where that goes.

man, the weather is wonderful today. it's pretty muggy but MO always is. it's the perfect day for sitting on my porch, listening to the birds chirp and sing, feeling a cool breeze from time to time, and writing.

thanks for reading my "process." it's amazing how helpful it is just to write down the truth even when it's minor, seemingly small. this has opened me up to be more creative. thanks cheeky and everyone else!

3 comments:

Iris said...

I can feel your excitment! Enjoy this moment as the only time you'll be caught up! Ha! :)

When you can write the liturgy, it's great, but don't be too hard on yourself when you rely on other sources. Cokesbury's "Worship Connection" online is my favorite thing right now for worship planning.

Mystical Seeker said...

Have you checked out the page on the Process and Faith web site?

http://www.processandfaith.org/resources/

revhipchick said...

iris--i'm sure it will be the ONLY time i'm every caught up! i'm a total procrastinator! eek! i can't imagine doing this while still being full time at another church--egads!

mystical--thanks for the resource. i've been to process and faith several times but i haven't noticed their resource list. actually, i just realized that i've been to ctr4process.org and not process and faith. i'm going over now! thanks again!

btw, they are used to using ALL of the scriptures! wow! it seems that this might be a very educated place--way cool!