(image from angalmond.blogspot.com)
Joining in with Ang at Tracing Rainbows for today's Pause in Lent.
The gospel reading for today was the story of Jesus overturning the tables in the Temple and clearing out the money changers. He was indignant, angry, incensed, at the lack of reverence for the house of God. A far cry from the gentle Jesus that we read about some of the time.
There was a flare up of indignation at our chapel this morning too, right as I was about to begin the service. I had just explained that the preacher for next Sunday was ill and would not be taking the service, but that the administrator had asked for other volunteers to take the services that he would be unable to do. I let the congregation know that if no one came forward, I would provide them with the service that I would be taking elsewhere, and they could share it between them.
A comment came from my right from a lady concerned that I not leave them the "unintelligible drivel" I had provided on a previous Mothering Sunday.
A lady on my left immediately leapt to my defense, and was quite plain in the expression of her own thoughts about the timing and content of the other person's opinion.
They hadn't even heard the gospel at that point.
I stood at the lectern, about to take the service and uncomfortable at the confrontation and unsure of just what to say. Another lady in the congregation helped me out by saying that she hoped someone volunteered to come and take our service so that I didn't have to worry about them.
It was not the most conducive start to a service I have ever had. It made me think though,
about the aptness of the gospel and the behaviour of some people in the church today and in the Temple back then. There are times and places for the frank expression of views, and that wasn't it.
I hope your Sunday morning has been less controversial.
[BTW, the reading I had provided that the lady was upset about was either from Glennon Melton or Ann Voskamp, and since both of them are published authors and well-respected truth-tellers, I know it wasn't drivel! It was about motherhood, though, rather than the Mother Church, which I think was the lady's problem.]