Next weekend at St A’s the village will be filled with ‘ranters’ because Roger (looks a bit like ++Rowan) is holding his annual folk festival. It has become the tradition that the ranters and musicians come and help with the music at the morning service. We are never quite sure who is going to turn up but it always is lively and lifts the worship. (We have no organist and rely on CDs the rest of the year).
Last year the lectionary was a gift. The Old Testament reading was about David dancing before the ark of the covenant. The new testament was an altogether different dance, a dance of death, that of Salome. Both readings were a gift as I got to talk about dance and worship and play some Sydney Carter music. The previous night’s ceildh was fresh in people’s minds.
This year however, is more tricky. How am I going to make the leap from Naaman and leprosy, and the sending out of the 70 relevant to a crowd of folk ranters? Or do I ignore the readings and preach about music in worship?