What’s the Good News this week, preacher friends? Where are you finding abundance in the first Sunday of August? The crowd following Jesus is hoping for a few leftovers (remember those twelve baskets of abundance the disciples gathered after Jesus multiplied loaves and fish?), but Jesus has other ideas. In fact, all of the RCL passages offer great possibilities: David and Nathan address David’s sin – which gives us Psalm 51, Ephesians reminds us to “live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called,” and John brings us the second of five Sundays’ worth of bread real Bread. If you follow the Narrative Lectionary, how are you preaching this month, as you prepare for the NL sequence to start again in September?

Whichever track you follow (or don’t!), we are here to help you, to stimulate your thinking, and invite Holy Spirit to speak into your work. Because your work matters, preacher friends! So check out these resources on the RCL readings and liturgy possibilities, then share what’s bogging you down or lifting you up. Let’s promote “the body’s growth in building itself up in love” (Eph 4:16), as you live a life worthy of your calling. Add to the comments below!

Rev. Jo Anne Taylor is an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor serving in the United Methodist Church. She blogs at pastorsings.com and she likes to sing (just not in close proximity to others at this time).

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