Welcome to the third week of July! This coming week is Proper 12A, the 7th Sunday After Pentecost for 2014. The readings for the week can be found here.
SO why don’t we get free labour in exchange for marrying off our daughters anymore? With 4 daughters I think I could benefit greatly from such an arrangement. Mind you, having just watched Fiddler on the Roof a couple weeks ago I can only read this story of Laban and Jacob;s “bargaining” with Perchik’s Marxist interpretation running through my mind. ANd what do Leah and Rachel think of the whole deal?
Or then there is Solomon asking not for riches or strength but for wisdom (mind your he ends up accumulating wisdom and power anyway as the story goes on).
Moving on to the passage from Romans, we find the pinnacle of Chapter 8. Indeed verses 38-39 are part of my personal “canon within the canon” of favourite Scriptures.
And then there is Matthew. I actually preached on this passage back in February when the Presbytery was meeting and worshiped with our congregation. Because I think the church needs to hear about how the Kingdom transforms (pollutes? contaminates?) the context. In the sermon I suggested the Kingdom of God was like a rotten potato. What we often miss is that leaven in the context was a contaminant, it was essentially rotting dough — though now we call it sourdough.
AS I relax on vacation I will be thinking of all of you working hard on your worship planning. SO enjoy!