Welcome to the party. I’ve been out of town this week (and most of the last 3), so I’m writing my sermon at the Denver Airport today. I’m frustrated by snarled travel plans, but glad I’m getting home, more or less on time.
The RCL post from earlier in the week is here. Are you preaching about the death of Saul? “How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” Can we read that phrase sincerely, as David seems to, in a world where snark and snide remarks rule? Here’s a sermon I preached on that text a while back. How can we move closer to each other, sincerely, when the world tries to lead us away from each other?
This week’s psalm, (130), may be a comforting word in a hurting world. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.”
The gospel lesson from Mark 5 is one of my favorites. Today I would be satisfied if I could touch the hem of Jesus’ garment–anything to get me anywhere near him. Three years ago, when I preached that text, we were mourning the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. We have new gun deaths in the US to mourn this week. We all need to move closer to each other for Jesus’ healing touch.
Our Narrative feature is taking a summer vacation, but if you’re preaching the Narrative, as I am, we’re in 1 John. Resources at Working Preacher are here.
I hope you aren’t all sitting in airports, working on your sermons. (And I hope to be home before this post gets too many comments!) I have overpriced airport food to share, and an outlet to charge my phone.
Where is your sermon muse taking you this week? Ideas for children sermons you want to share? Last minute liturgies to add?
In the US, we are approaching our July 4 holiday. I won’t be mentioning it in worship, but if you have ways you like to include patriotic things that you want to share, feel free.
Marci Auld Glass is the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church and lives with her husband and sons in Boise, Idaho. She is a graduate of Trinity University and Columbia Theological Seminary. She serves on the Clergy Advocacy Board of Planned Parenthood and the Mission Agency Board of the Presbyterian Church USA. Marci blogs at Glass Overflowing and is among the contributors to the RevGals book,There’s a Woman in the Pulpit (SkyLight Paths).
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