Good day my fellow RevGalPals! This weeks revised common lectionary readings can be found here. And what an interesting set of readings they are too!
There are quite a variety of texts to choose from and maybe it’s my ADHD kicking in I find myself struggling with what to preach to a congregation here in the states who will be increasingly focused on the American Presidential Election. There is so much anxiety and stress present in my congregation. They are a mixed group some of whom are fairly extreme in their own political views, or at least those expressed on Facebook as of late, yet they seem to somehow coexist in worship each week. Striking a balance is hard on a normal day. And this Sunday I’m tempted to throw caution to the wind and pretend the election is not happening at all!
In reality I will buckle down and face the task ahead of me as a grown up (in flip flops as it is 85 degrees here in Alabama!)
What might you be looking to preach this week good RevGalPals?
Do you look to Haggai and the faithful remnant? The assurances of God’s faithfulness and the admonishment to not fear might be good words of great joy this week.
Are you intrigued by 2 Thessalonians which reminds the readers that even when things seem to be headed in a difficult direction do not be alarmed?
What about Psalm 145 which states boldly in verse 18 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”?
Or does the story from Luke, with it’s seven brothers and one bride question from people trying to trip Jesus up, seem to call to you?
Perhaps you are doing All Saints day celebrations and using the lectionary reading for that day found here.
Whatever the case, please use this space as place to think, question, dream, process and seek. God is constantly seeking us out, no doubt we will be found!
Cardelia Howell-Diamond is a Cumberland Presbyterian Pastor serving in Northern Alabama. She blogs (usually sermons) at Random Rev. She has written many bible study books for her denomination on various topics which can be found here.
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