“I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” –Jesus, John 10:10
That John text isn’t in this week’s lectionary readings, but there is an abundance of things happening and things to consider as we craft a sermon. Texts from the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary offer us different directions and opportunities to hear the Spirit’s voice. (Commentaries and discussions are at the links). If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the week that things probably are ramping up program-wise, as the Labor Day holiday is passed, school has started, and the whirlwind has begun. And if you’re in the United States, the 15th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy may need some attention.
What are your plans, preachers? For the sermon? For the day? For the snack table? I’m bringing a Texas Sheet Cake, tradition of my people, to a potluck party tomorrow. Feel free to partake today.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as a pulpit supply preacher in South Central Texas. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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