I’ve just read this and found it links quite closely to some thoughts I’ve been having in regard to my placement parish and themes of ‘change’ and the ‘Kingdom of God’. I suspect it might be a useful reflection when it comes to writing up my theological reflection at the end of my placement, which is now only just over a fortnight away (Easter morning).
This Sunday is Passion Sunday, and I will be preaching in my placement what is possibly my last assessed preach of training. It will be on the Gospel passage of John 12:20-33 and I’m trying to concentrate on the day (which we don’t really mark in my home parish) being a pivot point in our Lenten focus, and on the words ‘glorify’ and ‘serve’. I did a lot of work on it yesterday, but it hasn’t really gelled yet.
I’m also worried about how the congregation will cope: I can tailor my subject matter and language to suit what they are used to and where they are coming from, but I think my natural preaching style is quite challenging and very different to my conversational style, so I think they may be in for a bit of a shock. However their incumbent seems very relaxed about this!