Under fire

Fire
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I’m preaching this coming weekend at Newport-on-Tay (Fr David‘s old stomping ground).

Preparation has started already … I don’t have the luxury of being able to write sermons during the day any more, sadly. And I’m supposed to be in Selkirk on Saturday helping Mum, so even my ‘safety day’ has gone.

I can’t even “recycle” an old sermon for that Sunday as I’ve never preached on that Sunday before (Pentecost 12) — I know: I’ve checked. And my word! it’s not as if it’s an easy passage to preach about either. Have a read:

The Gospel according to St Luke 12: 49-56

  1. “I’ve come to start a fire on this earth–how I wish it were blazing right now!
  2. I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up–how I long for it to be finished!
  3. Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront!
  4. From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be– Three against two, and two against three;
  5. Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law.”
  6. Then he turned to the crowd: “When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, ‘Storm’s coming’–and you’re right.
  7. And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, ‘This’ll be a hot one’–and you’re right.
  8. Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season, the God-season we’re in right now.

Translation: The Message (also available free in electronic form as part of e-Sword.)

Prayers please

So your prayers please for me this week as I wrestle with the passage, and that I hear from God the right thing to say to the congregation in Newport. Pray that I may know how to interpret the present time!

2 thoughts on “Under fire”

  1. Gareth,

    Go and have a listen to Extreme’s “III sides to every story” album – believe it or not, they use some of that passage as lyrics in one of the songs. And a chunk of Ecclesiastes too. And Daniel references. Cor, who’d have thought that a rock band would have lyrics like this?

    “Rise ‘N Shine”

    Dawn wakes the silence,
    of a fainted lullaby
    Day breaks the eyelid,
    from a song sung in my eye

    Night rests in peace,
    as the sun mourns the sky
    All’s accounted for sheep,
    over a horizon’s I

    RISE, RISE ‘N SHINE
    A NEW DAY IS COMING
    RISE, RISE IN TIME
    FOR EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN

    And when you see,
    a south wind blow
    Forecasting, you will know,
    a hot day, will be on the way
    (Foolish one)
    You analyze,
    the earth and the sky
    I ask you why,
    you can’t analyze the signs,
    of the present time

    I had a dream,
    not unlike the one from old
    Of a man king,
    whose head was made of gold
    Stand castles of sand
    weather the sundials rise ‘n fall
    Chasing wind through your hands,
    ’til water runs dry the well

    DREAM, DANIEL, DREAM
    FOR WHAT’S YET TO COME
    SEE, DANIEL, SEE
    FOR EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN

    And in the West,
    a cloud appears
    For shadows of
    a coming shower near,
    Oh, so near
    (Hypocrites)
    You analyze,
    the earth and the sky
    I ask you why,
    you can’t analyze the signs,
    of the present time

    Vanity,
    Yes, all is vanity
    Vanity,
    Yes, all’s futility

    For one that dies,
    another’s born
    Where laughter’s heard,
    comforters mourn
    There’s a time for
    everything

    A song for love,
    even abhor
    An olive branch,
    or winter’s war
    There’s a time for
    EVERYTHING, UNDER THE SUN

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