It's all about getting the, ah, audience in the tent. In truth, the Bear's "Your Sunday Sermon Notes" is not really exclusive to this ephemeris, but is a baldfaced theft from the wonderful and well-known Fr. Z.
However, there is a big difference. Being a priest, and therefore responsible... Let the Bear rephrase that. Being a responsible priest, he limits the reports from his readership to good sermons. The Bear enjoys reading the good and the bad, because this is a way of taking the pulse of the Church Militant. Good and strong, or weak and thready?
So without further ado, today's sermon at the Bear's church was like being fed styrofoam.
There are a number of activities that go on here in the parish. Our Hispanic community is active, and the youth ministry, which is pretty much Hispanic, started from a youth rally in Indiana. We had nine couples attend a pre-Cana meeting to begin preparation for married life, and it is good that husband and wife are complementary. And thanks for the Knights of Columbus that provided a wonderful continental breakfast. We have a number of 12-Step programs that use our facilities, and we're happy to be able to host them. We also have a small faith community that we're very happy with. Then there are the Ministers of Hospitality, and lectors, who do a very fine job proclaiming the Word, and then there are our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. [At this point the Bear is ready to gnaw his own leg off.] And today we have three readings, which were longer than usual. The bulletin always has the readings for Sunday, and the weekdays, too, which you can read at home in your Bibles. First we read about Saul. [Finally!] We can identify with him when we're jealous, or when we try to kill people. [The Bear may have dreamt that last part; he confesses to dozing off.] Then there was our second reading. But in the Gospel, it's the beginning of the Book of Luke, because it says that. Luke gathered all the different accounts and put them together so people could read them and believe. Jesus goes to the synagogue to to teach, and says, "today this is fulfilled in your hearing."And that is just a taste, except the substantive teaching, which was indeed about that spare. Most of it was what various people and groups did at the parish. The Bear has heard worse, but...
The Extraordinary Minister of Communion almost dropped the host. The Bear believes it is because they are deathly afraid of possibly touching someone's tongue by accident, so they always get it in the general vicinity of the Bear's maw and it's bombs away, with shocking carelessness as to accuracy. And that is the main reason why the Bear usually takes Our Lord in his hand. It's amateur hour. Today he was encumbered by a cane, though.
Or maybe they're scared of sticking their hands in a Bear's mouth. People can be funny about that.
Most of our hymns seem to be about "people." The Bear thinks they should be about God. So whenever we sing one our many self-worshipping people hymns, the Bear sings a snappy "PEEP-uhl." "We are the PEEP-uhl" is his favorite. The Bear finds this vastly entertaining. Indeed, it makes him joyful, especially if he can share the joy by making his mate crack up.
How was your Sunday sermon?