It is the traditional time of year in the US to think about whether or not you agree with singing (or at least listening to) patriotic songs during worship service, what the status of flags in the sanctuary should be, and whether or not you say the pledge to allegiance.
And the RCL passage this is Abraham (almost) sacrificing Isaac. This story is SO fascinating that it is found of all kinds of weird places, anime and Xena Warrior Princess jump to mind (Have you seen that episode, its a trip!). This, this is a known story. I am convinced that the reason its so well known is because, 2000+ yrs later, still don’t know exactly what it means.
Off the top of my head my sermon can go 3 directions, and I’m still narrowing it down (God-willing, give me focus)
•I can’t help but thinking as I try to untangle this, in the context of the holiday that some of us have sacrificed/or been sacrificed in war.
•As a pastor, I empathize with Abraham trying to say “Here I am” to both God and his family/son. (See the pics of 2 of my 3 sons)
•Comedically, I wonder if the ram was there all along and if Abraham just missed it. Was Abraham too focused on what he thought he had to do and therefore basically missed God’s grace in front of his very nose?
What are you looking at this week? What new ways is God speaking to you? What passage are you looking at? Let us know where you are, how your feeling and your strategy as we celebrate the preaching that is to come!
Katy Stenta is a solo pastor at a tiny church that is bigger on the inside in Albany, NY for over six years. When she is not dreaming up projects and ideas, some of which creep into the church, she plays with her three boys-boys or goes and visits her husband at the library, while he works, to read.
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