In the RCL reading, Jesus asks Bartimaeus, “what do you want me to do?” Today I ask, what do you want us to do? As you work on your sermon this week, how can we help? What does your congregation need from you? What is the word you are being called to offer?
During this long stretch of Ordinary Time or the Sundays after Pentecost, will you follow the Revised Common Lectionary? Will you preach about the the healing of Bartimaeus or about the end of Job? The RCL discussion is here this week. It includes commentary and thoughtful comments on the blog.
The Narrative Lectionary brings us The Anointing of David. How will you preach this early David pericope? The blog commentary discusses Tragically Flawed Heroes. How will you approach this text? The Narrative Lectionary discussion is here.
Are you avoiding the lectionaries altogether? What will you preach? Are you working through a series? Are you doing a one-off? Is it Stewardship Season? We’d love to hear what you are doing.
And so, preachers, what will you say? What do your people need to hear?
Whether you are preaching Revised Common Lectionary, Narrative Lectionary, a series, or something else altogether, we are here to help. What do you need? Sermon illustrations? Time with the Children? A way to wrap things up? People to help you untangle ideas or find commentary? Let us know; we will help as we can.
I will be checking in regularly (as I am able) today and continue checking in through Saturday night.
Image: Roundel with Christ Healing the Blind Man, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=56659 [retrieved October 21, 2021]. Original source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Roundel_with_Christ_Healing_the_Blind_Man_MET_DP250442.jpg.
Wendy Lamb works as a commissioned pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Southern California and teaches college English classes at a local community college. She occasionally blogs at Bookgirl.
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