Happy July! In my neighborhood, the strawberries and wild blackberries are ripe, and the favorite community pastimes seem to be free outdoor live music and minor league baseball. Preachers in the USA may be juggling the celebration of our nation’s independence with proclamation of the Gospel in worship this week, while preparing for a smaller-than-usual crowd thanks to the long holiday weekend. What is happening in your community?
These weeks and months after Pentecost offer many preachers a chance to delve into sermon series, whether lectionary-based (has anyone been following Elijah and Elisha?), from the Narrative Lectionary suggested series, topical or thematic, or based on Biblical texts that we rarely hear in worship. This Sunday I am guest preaching for a congregation that is working their way through the Gospel of Matthew. I am usually an RCL preacher, but this particular passage of Matthew is never read in the RCL. So, praise God for commentaries and colleague groups and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in sermon preparations!
Where do you find yourself this week? The Revised Common Lectionary invites us to travel, baggage-free, as the 70 did when Jesus sent them out to the countryside to preach and heal and rely on the hospitality of others. Some great sermon ideas were shared here earlier this week. The RCL also brings a message from Paul to the church in Galatia, and a reading from either Jeremiah or 2 Kings, depending on which OT track you’re following, along with a corresponding Psalm.
I’ve got an abundance of lettuce to share from my garden, as well as some of the aforementioned fresh berries. Help yourself! Please share your ideas and questions and virtual snacks as we prepare for worship together. Blessings in your ministry this weekend!
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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