Welcome to the first Sunday in June, with summertime schedules for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere and a correlating unpredictability in worship attendance and volunteer availability. Summer is a wonderful time for visitors to check out new churches, so it is always good to be prepared to welcome guests during these months. It is also a time for new opportunities within a congregation – a congregation that typically uses the RCL may be open to hearing a sermon series over the summer, or a traditional worshipping community might want to try a different worship style (with a praise band? in a park?). Please share your ideas and ways that you are making these long weeks of “ordinary time” feel less ordinary!
This Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings share stories of death and new life. Elijah and Jesus each raise the only son of a widow from the dead. What power these stories show! And what complicated emotions they bring up for those who may be grieving the loss of a child or other relative. There are many approaches to take in preaching these stories, several of which were discussed here earlier this week.
The Narrative Lectionary suggests a 6-week preaching series on 2 Corinthians. Today’s passage includes familiar references to a gospel that is veiled to those who are perishing, to treasure in clay jars, to death being at work in us and life in you. It’s a rich passage, but not necessarily easy to preach. There are sermon prompts here as well as some dialogue about the series.
Any of the assigned or recommended passages offer the opportunity to preach on death and life, which is central to Christianity and the Gospel. But perhaps you’re doing something different this week and sharing the Gospel from another angle. What’s on your mind? Where is the Spirit leading you this week? Please help yourself to a cup of tea and share your ideas and inspirations!
canoeistpastor is Katya Ouchakof, co-pastor at Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, and posts sermons on her blog, Proclamation. Katya enjoys knitting, Star Wars, board games, time with her family, and of course, canoeing.
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