SUNDAY MORNING, MONDAY MORNING
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Dear friends of Lewinsville,
Sunday morning, Monday morning. During the season of Lent this year, this will be the title of our sermon series. In that series, we will be taking a variety of different theological, “churchy” concepts that we work with on Sunday morning – things like sin, sacrifice, covenant, image of God, Holy Spirit – and exploring their connection with aspects of our lives in the rest of the week, beginning on Monday morning – aspects like our identity, need for forgiveness, ability to listen, and more.
This means that we will be engaging in the work of interpretation. We will be taking a theological term or a biblical concept and attempting to interpret what that concept means for our daily lives. Interpretation actually happens every time someone preaches a sermon. Preachers begin with an ancient Scriptural text, written thousands of years ago in a radically different culture, and attempt to make sense of what that text might mean for us here today.
The theme of Sunday morning, Monday morning is all about interpreting biblical texts (i.e., things from Sunday morning) for our lives in the world (where we live on Monday morning).
Interpretation takes place at the intersection between biblical tradition and contemporary experience. Interpretation is risky, it is daring, it requires imagination, and it always gets filtered through the life experiences, passions, and preconceptions of the one who is doing the interpretation. There is no such thing as “pure interpretation.” Interpretation always has to be done with humility, because there are a whole variety of ways that interpreters can go off course. We all have our blind spots, our prejudices, and our limited life experience. There is no fail-proof way to go about the work of interpretation. Interpretation is not for the faint of heart. And yet, it is precisely the work to which the church is called. We are called to take the Bible and our theological tradition seriously, AND we must take our own lives at this particular moment in history, in this particular place, seriously. We have to try to put them together.
It is our joy to offer you this Lenten devotional booklet, organized around the theme of “Sunday morning, Monday morning” and written by members of the Lewinsville congregation. We invite you to use these readings as part of your daily spiritual practice during Lent. Knowing that these reflections are the work of interpretation by a variety of members in the congregation, you should expect to be challenged by them. You may resonate deeply with some of the reflections; you may disagree with some of the reflections. That is all to be expected any time the church engages in the work of interpretation. We honor, appreciate, and give thanks for the boldness, courage, and grace of those who are willing to put themselves out there and share their interpretive work with the rest of us. Our prayer is that these reflections may help you to reflect on your own life, and how your “Monday mornings” are informed and shaped by your experiences on “Sunday morning.”
We offer our deep and profound thanks to all who have contributed their time, energy, and love to the production of this booklet – the writers, coordinators, and editors.
Lenten blessings to you,
Sunday Morning, Monday Morning
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PLEASE NOTE that no devotions are issued on Sundays.