Boy, we’ve got our hands full with this week’s Revised Common Lectionary readings. So many choices!
Where do we even go this week? Do we preach from the military epic that is David’s defeat of Goliath? Do we talk about Saul’s mental health and paranoia regarding the burgeoning young king David? On this Father’s Day (in the U.S.), do we delve into daddy issues and David’s adjustment to his new royal family? Do we continue that family focus by examining David’s relationship with Jonathan?
Or is Job’s story and God’s terrible challenge to him from the whirlwind sparking our prophetic imagination?
Back to Father’s Day — is Paul’s address to the church at Corinth as if they were “children” presenting us with some paternal preaching possibilities? Alliteration is everything today, by the way.
And what about Jesus calming the storm and then throwing some slight shade at his disciples for their lack of faith?
I’m not sure how big your church is on Father’s Day (most churches aren’t, it seems), but I feel like there’s a lot of “Because I said so!” in this week’s texts. There is a beckoning to trust, follow, and obey that to me feels very paternal/parental this week. That might invoke problematic feelings and images for some parishioners (and preachers), so perhaps we consider that as we go forward. But then there are the Psalms. We have 133 which celebrates unity (family, much?) and 107 which praises God for provision, protection, and steadfast love — all things that can be parental as well.
I hadn’t planned on incorporating Father’s Day much in my sermon, but now I’m reconsidering. Where are you being led with these texts? What threads are you seeing?