Oh, Jonah. That poor prophet who achieved exactly the result he was called upon to do, and felt betrayed to the point of wanting to die because of it. Though, of course, we don’t get the whole story in today’s pericope. Today we just hear God’s call to Jonah (the second time, after all that nonsense with the boat and the storm and the big fish), and his ministry in Nineveh. Will you be addressing Jonah in your sermon this week? If so, will you expand the passage to include more of the story?
Mark brings us the call of the fishermen Andrew and Simon, James and John. After Nathanael’s skepticism last week, this call story offers quite a different alternative. These disciples don’t question Jesus’ authority; they acknowledge it from far off and drop everything they have to follow him. Which model is better? More realistic? More relatable for our worshippers to hear?
The Revised Common Lectionary also offers lessons from 1 Corinthians and Psalm 62. What are you using in worship? What speaks to you? What most relates to your community?
Please share your ideas, challenges, and questions below. Blessings on your worship preparations!
Katya Ouchakof is co-pastor of Lake Edge Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. She hopes that this winter there will finally be enough snow go snowshoeing somewhere close to home. And if that doesn’t work out, at least she can find hot tea, a sofa, and a good book!
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