There have been Sundays when the date called for a particular sermon, and the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary seemed to be chosen for exactly that sermon. On those occasions, it felt like divine intervention provided exactly the readings I needed exactly when I needed them.
For me, this Sunday is not one of those Sundays.
The Old Testament reading is from Job 1:1 and 2:1-10, where Satan afflicts Job with sores, and Job’s wife suggests he curse God and die.
Looking at the alternative reading in Genesis 2:18-24, we read about the creation of Eve from Adam’s rib.
The readings feel a lot more like “Marital Relations Sunday.” And the Old Testament readings are not particularly kind to women.
Perhaps the Epistle reading from Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 comes closest to the World Communion Sunday theme, ending with
For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, saying, “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.”
As this will be the second time I’ve celebrated communion as a licensed minister, this is the text I’m preaching on. For me, this speaks of the world-wide kinship of believers, a true basis for World Communion Sunday.
So where are you going this Sunday?
- If you’re going with World Communion Sunday, will you be using the lectionary readings and, if so, how?
- Or if you’re using different scripture, what are you choosing to fit the World Communion Sunday theme?
- Or if you are not using the World Communion Sunday theme and sticking with the lectionary readings, where are those readings leading you in writing your sermon?
- Or are you doing something different entirely?
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