It is lovely to be back after a weekend away! Sometimes, sermon writing can be a challenge, and this week, particularly. As with many tasks, the challenge is in beginning, so I forced myself to start writing, and you will find what came, below. Not a sermon, but a poem based on our Gospel text. It had been more than 20 years since I’d written one, but this is the strange way the Spirit can work. And yes, I did get my sermon written in the end.  Yours in Christ, Kathryn

“Position description, Luke 10:1-11”

Wanted for urgent work:

seventy (or it could be seventy-two) people.

No time to waste!

Go.

The harvest is ready.

It won’t be easy.

You can’t take much:

no change of clothes,

no extra footwear,

no credit card,

no phone,

and you’ll probably be walking.

Go.

You will have a fellow traveler,

to help you on the way.

When you get there, say:

“Peace to this house.”

Stay.

Accept the welcome.

Eat the meal.

Enjoy the harvest.

Say:

“the Kingdom of God has come near to you.”

And, if nothing grows and you find yourself in the midst of wolves.

Go.

Remember.

You are not the seed planter.

You are the harvester.

So, shake the dust off your feet.

Leave the dirt;

“know this: the kingdom of God has come near.”