Getting Ready for Sabbatical - Part 1

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My wife let me know the other day that I have 11 Sundays left until I go on Sabbatical in January. To some people, eleven weeks might seem like a lot, but I have a LOT to do to get ready.

So, over the next eleven weeks - in between getting ready for Stewardship Season and preparing for Advent - I will be taking some time in these weekly Hilltop Crier articles to talk about some of the preparations for the Sabbatical.

This past week, I sent an e-mail out to the ten people from our congregation who have said they are interested in preaching while I am away.  I am so excited that these folks are interested in sharing part of their thoughts on faith and scripture and life with the rest of you.  I’m actually a bit bummed that I’ll be missing their sermons live in person, but that’s what the blessings of YouTube are for.

In the next eleven weeks or so, these ten people will be preparing sermons, choosing hymns, and possibly writing prayers and other things that will be used on “their” Sunday in January, February, and March.

The Sabbatical is a time of renewal for me and my family, but also a time of renewal for the whole church family, and one of the most renewing things I can think of is the gift of being able to hear our own people talk about the things that matter most to them.

If you are interested in helping with worship during the Sabbatical season, please reach out to me and we can find a spot for you!

See you in church!

Grace and Peace,


Prepare for WorshipThis Week:  “Getting Out of Your Own Way”

  • Read Isaiah 53 - the hard and beautiful poetry about the Suffering Servant
  • Read Mark 10:35-45 - the hard and beautiful language that Jesus uses about serving others and serving God.
  • Read or sing Hymn # 727 - “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant