I have a friend who may or may not read this newsletter, so I won’t use her real name. I’m instead going to refer to her as Scherezade in this article, and it’s because when she starts telling a story, she goes into what I call the Arabian Nights cycle. One story begins, then another with three parts; each of those three parts have at least one additional part to them. She’s the only person I talk to on a regular basis that I have to use a flowchart with, to figure out her ultimate point. The good news, though, is this—she’s an incredible storyteller, engaging and funny, and surely thinks of herself as organized and succinct.
Last year in July, we did a five-week sermon series called “The Godfollower: When God Makes You an Offer You Can’t Refuse.” Instead of sermons, there were monologues from the perspectives of characters in the David story, which, if we look at it deeply, can at times seem like a story of organized crimes and families fighting for power, control of the narrative, and influence. Beginning this Sunday, we’ll be launching “The Godfollower Part Two,” which I’m sure will begin debates about whether this summer or last summer was better. But some of those monologues last year spoke into the congregation through the past twelve months; they inform not only what’s happening in this series, but in who and what and how we are, interact, and live in the Reign of God.
The process of faith is one where we are constantly growing, changing, asking, seeking, falling, getting up, introducing and concluding, sometimes all at once. It’s a good thing that sometimes, though the stories of our faith may be tangential or seemingly obscure, God is speaking through all of them. Just ask Scherezade, either of the Arabian Nights or my friend who probably figured out I’m talking about her. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.