Pancake Day - held on shrove tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday at the beginning of Lent - is a huge fundraising campaign each year for UnitingCare, the Uniting Church's social care agency. Churches, schools - any group really - cook pancakes for their community asking for a donation. The money goes to UnitingCare. And awareness is raised for these agencies.
Part of the awareness raising of the event is the pre-materials inviting people to take part in the event.
That's where I come in. They asked me to tell some stories of Jesus and his neighbours. My friend Jana offered a reflection on how we engage with our neighbours, living out stories like the well known story of the Good Samaritan, working together to feed, nurture, offer care, and share love.
Filming of the clips was this afternoon, and we did have fun! Scouting out all the nooks and corners of Pilgrim Church to find just the right spot, the right light balanced with the feel of a sacred space, including standing on chairs and stepping side to side in front of windows ... half an our of this & two takes (plus one false start) for 5 minutes of stories!
But that's what it's all about, really, bringing our gifts, each of us, our insight and our experience, the vision for the job and making it happen - working together, appreciating what each other has to offer, and enjoying the collaborative effort.
And once you hear Jana's sermon, you'll all want to find a way to be involved with pancake day - I promise!
For reflections on the stories themselves, the three I prepared and told, and new things I heard from Jana, stay tuned.