No matter where in the world you are preaching this week, the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh before the US Senate Judiciary Committee will likely be somewhere in the minds of your hearers. Many pastors and counselors have spoken of receiving call after call from people with their own stories to tell, crying out to be seen and heard and believed. Perhaps some of them will be in your churches this weekend.
How will you preach to them? What good news will the Scripture bring into their pain and anxiety? Will the accounts of abuse and denial, fear and anger, find their way into your sermon? Or will you treat the week’s events in some other way?
If you’re a Narrative Lectionary preacher, you’ll join God’s people as they have just fled from Egypt; Pharaoh has a “what was I thinking?” moment and sends his armies to chase them down and bring them back. You’ll witness the parting of the waters to allow God’s people to cross the Red Sea, and those same waters rushing back in to destroy the pursuing armies. You can read Marci Auld Glass’s analysis here.
If you’re a Revised Common Lectionary preacher, you have many starting points to choose from. Perhaps you will experience Esther putting her own reputation (and perhaps her own life) on the line for her people. Or you may join Moses in the wilderness when he hears the people getting nostalgic for their days of captivity and turns to the Lord with a cry: “It’s. Too. Much.” You might join James in thinking about the power of prayer. Or perhaps Jesus’ admonition to “stay salty” will capture your attention. Rachael Keefe sees all of those as pointing toward liberation in her analysis here.
And now it’s your turn. What will you preach? What do your people need to hear this week? Please share your thoughts, or drafts of your sermons-in-progress, in the comments below.
Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota and currently serving in interim ministry. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.
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