For Sunday, August 31, 2008
Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Wow. This is a terrible week to preach lectionary. How do you choose between these texts? I know some preachers weave the lessons together, but I’ve found that to be more than I can handle- When I try that, I spend more time connecting than exegeting the texts.
This week, how to choose? These are FABULOUS texts!
In Exodus we have the burning bush account. Holy Ground. I Am who I Am. Moses is called to his very special, very particular task.
There are moments when God calls us to particular and spectacular tasks. We cannot plan for these moments. We are not told when they are coming. But when they arrive we have the opportunity to serve God and be who God created us to be. If we are lucky, we will rise to the challenge of these moments. If we are lucky, these moments will arrive once or twice in our lives.
Moses is worth remembering because when he is called his is Not ready. He is Not willing. God equips him. God supports him. And finally, Moses is willing to go and learn along the way.
How have you responded in the past? Is this a good Sunday to tell a call story? It is the beginning of the school year…
In Romans, we are given a list of things to do. An amazing list. Among it is the instruction to bless those who persecute you. Anyone willing to go here? In the country in which I live I don’t believe we do a good job of this. How do we begin to talk about? Live it?
I think you can also talk about Womanist Theology here and faith’s relationship to suffering. Chosen? Imposed? What’s the difference?
And then the gospel, with Simon Peter being called Satan. These are harsh words for a man who, admittedly, is a bumbling idiot much of the time, but loves Jesus with a devotion that few of us can reach. Are you a Simon Peter fan? Is he really this idiotic in the gospels or is he simply drawn that way? Why is Jesus so harsh with his beloved? Or are we just to soft- am I suggesting that we should follow a "Buddy Jesus?"
What are you thinking? What a lectionary week...