May is here and everything outside looks beautiful. The flowers and shrubs at our house are in bloom and the grass is growing steadily. What a joy after the long six months of brown we have just been through here in the Midwest. The Common
Lectionary readings for the month of May are as follows
- May 7 - Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10
- May 14 - Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
- May 21 - Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21
- May 28 - Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11
Ascension Day is May 25th this year and Pentecost is June 4th. Instead of using the Common Lectionary this summer I will be preaching on topical themes after the Day of Pentecost. We will still place the readings in the Beacon but you can check out the Vanderbilt University website for lectionary readings on your own.
Memorial Day is May 29th and I am hoping to see my brother, Cedric, and his family as they pass through from a vacation at that time. Shari and I managed to get away in April to the city of Richmond, Virginia. I don't remember ever being there and neither did Shari, but we found it an interesting city, one of the oldest in the country, and the art district was very interesting. Also they have a nice Botanical Center and gardens. We did not see nearly as much as we would have liked, given the few days we were away, but perhaps we will at a future time. There is certainly a lot to see.
I attended a training session with Ohio Health (as part of my experience as a contingent chaplain at Doctor's Hospital) and it dealt with the subject of what to do if you have an “active shooter” where you work. Essentially it boils down to “Run”, “Hide”, and “Fight”. Chaplains also discussed the ethical dilemma of caring for patients and families and the question of sacrificing oneself for others. I was reminded during this training of how things have changed in the nearly four decades I have been doing ministry. We do live in a challenging world!
May you and yours find that there is a peace in this time