This Sunday is the last (number seven of seven) service based on the SU material. It's been an interesting challenge to work with it. I've enjoyed reading some fairly large chunks of scripture to enable me to compose the 'stories' of the characters we've met. I've been stretched once or twice when themes that emerged were too similar to events in our own contemporary context, and 'reflections' had to be re-worked. I've also given quite a lot of thought to what is - or isn't - helpful in encouraging others to engage with the stories.
All of this with a personal backdrop of adjusting to the death of my mother (just over three months ago now) and organising a simple ceremony for the burial of her ashes (which will take place tomorrow). As I have said, elsewhere, grief is a funny old thing, and managing my thoughts and feelings over recent weeks has been its own challenge - some of what I've explored in the Bible stories has also come quite close to home.
I've been very blessed to have the love and friendship of the Gatherers, even, or maybe especially, when I I've been a pain in the b*m. Being part of "Team Gathering Place" is very precious, and I am privileged indeed to continue to serve among and alongside these good folk. Maybe that's all a bit mushy slushy, but hey ho. Another summer series draws to its end, and the God who has brought us safe thus far will continue to lead us on.
(Likely to be radio silence for a day or three due to travels south and meetings when I come back home)