Happy Monday! We are all back to normal after Friday night's storms--we lost power for about 24 hours. I feel for those who are still in the dark and in the heat. At the same time, I must admit that every time I unthinkingly flicked a dead light switch or tried to get water from the fridge dispenser it became an occasion for gratitude for the things I take for granted.
I decided to postpone the beginning of my sermon series, Parables and Pop Culture, until next weekend since attendance was so light... also because I plan to use some media, and the power outage threw a wrench into that. This Sunday's sermon is on the lure of the comic book superhero and is called "I am Iron Man."
Instead, we had a casual worship service with the 16 or so people who came, including half a dozen who were still without power. I read a portion of my book, a chunk from the last chapter about the nature of freedom. Since that's a buzzword in our national conversation this time of year, I thought it appropriate to consider what Christian freedom is.
It was also a weekend to partake of creativity and beauty. Saturday night, Mamala had arranged for us to see a show at Wooly Mammoth, a play called Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. A group of survivors of an unspecified apocalypse reconstruct the Cape Feare episode of the Simpsons as a way to distract themselves from the devastation. Over time, the episode evolves into a way for them to make sense of what has happened. It was funny and weirdly poignant.
My niece and nephew were also in town this weekend, and after a few hours at the pool this afternoon, we watched Hugo. I liked the book better, probably because that's what I experienced first, and the moment of reveal is so satisfying. But it was a very good movie.
Current books include The Hummingbird's Daughter, the author of which I heard at Festival of Faith and Writing and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, which I'm reading with my mentee. I've given up on Everything Is Illuminated. Ah well. (BTW, are we friends on GoodReads?)
What are you reading? What are you seeing? And don't forget to check out SortaCrunchy. Have a wonderful week.