Well, sometimes you can't go home again. (What an original thought.) Indeed, sometimes you can't even go on the same study leave twice... though I have high hopes that Little Mary and I will figure out how and when soon. But things went awry on this end-- family stuff, friend stuff, and it turned out to be... just a better time to be home.
So home I am, and trying to do study leave here. (And write the sermon for Sunday that should have been written last week, but which aforementioned situations... family, friends etc... rendered nigh on impossible.)
So. What would I like to do this week?
- Read all ninety books on my "to-read" list. Yeah, I know. Maybe pare that down to... three? four? Can I read four books this week? If I can, I will dutifully report them here.
- Put together the Lenten series (worship with different music each week, including a jazz vespers with a well known Presby jazz player. Cool!).
- Plan sermons (vaguely, allowing for the Spirit to move, of course) for Lent and Easter seasons. (I like to just... read ahead, you know? Have a game plan, even if I change it at the last minute? I just makes me feel better.
- Plan a class on "Faithful and Vital Worship" for elders and deacons at an upcoming regional training event. (If those buzzwords made you think of this book, nice job. That's the one I'm stealing shamelessly from.)
- And maybe most importantly, read up on other conferences happening this year so that I can plan my next study leave week. Sheesh! It can't be all fun and games.
In all seriousness: the thing I will miss most this week of not being with Little Mary is the morning prayer together. That was fabulous. Powerful. Moving.
Guess I'll have to make do with just, you know, me and the Big Guy.