ANother week another sermon comes. And then I’ll be on vacation until Labour Day!
But in the meantime there is a week of work. As we prepare for the week, let us pray: (prayer source)
The lectionary readings for this week are posted here
AS we continue working through the Genesis stories we have Jacob returning home, worried about how Esau will react. The night before they meet he has another encounter with the holy. He wrestles with a stranger all night, demands a blessing, and gets a new name.
Or we continue in Romans, but since I am not working with Romans I have not taken time to figure out what Paul is trying to say here. (I get lost in Paul’s rhetoric much o0f the time. Is this hope here? Is it commitment to the community? Who is part of the community??? Maybe others could weigh in…
And then there is the Matthew account of the feeding of the multitudes. One could preach on Jesus’ willingness to interrupt his grief work (this follows immediately on Matthew’s account of the death of John the Baptist) to respond to the needs of others. Or one could preach on the “what really happened” aspect of the story. OR one could highlight Jesus’ first instructions–give them something to eat. Or is there another angle you would want to take?
And then there is the question of what (if any) impact the events in Norway has on our worship planning this week….
What questions do these passages raise for you this week? Or have you found an alternative to the lectionary for the summer? Let us know in the comments. Have you found an article or link that you find apt or helpful? Post it too! Blogged about what shape worship is taking? Leave a link!
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