How do you pray? Between last week’s persistent widow and this week’s Pharisee and tax collector, there are lots of examples of prayer in Jesus’ teachings at this point in the lectionary. Will you be exploring the topic of prayer with your community this week? Alternately, the point about the humbled being exalted (and vice versa) is counter-cultural and hopefully good news for your listeners. Maybe this is the message to focus on this week. Or perhaps you have found another sermon direction for this Sunday. Please share your ideas and insights below!
Other Revised Common Lectionary themes this week include righteousness and judgment (in 2 Timothy), beyond judgment to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2), and trust in God’s forgiveness (Jeremiah 14). If you’re in the middle of stewardship season, the alternate lesson from Sirach provides a great tie-in!
October approaches the end of the season of Pentecost, or ordinary time. It’s a good time to plan for the liturgical days and seasons that are soon to come, but also a time when other events sometimes get squeezed in because there aren’t church holidays. What is important to your congregation at this point in the year? Perhaps it’s time for a topical sermon series, a harvest festival, or a celebration of some specific ministries of the church. Wherever you find yourself in your thought process and preparation, please join in the conversation!
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, occasional hospital chaplain, freelance writer, professional canoeing instructor, and Star Wars enthusiast. She blogs occasionally at Provocative Proclamations.
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