In my tradition, the Episcopal, we have collects for each Sunday which sum up the Scriptures for the week. (As a child I thought of it as "collecting" the scriptures.)
Here is the collect for: Proper 22 The Sunday closest to October 5
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and theHoly Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
I share this with you because...frankly...as a layperson, I am not sure how in the world these disparate scriptures go together (or how the collect in any way addresses them). This is why I hang out with you folks!
I am always a reader of this feature, and it helps me prepare for Sunday worship to consider the scriptures along with those of you who are working on how you will use them to proclaim the Good News to your people.
With no ideas to offer, I instead offer you some good Dunkin' Donuts coffee (I just made a BIG fresh pot) and ask:
So! what are you going to preach on this Sunday? What is speaking to you out of these scriptures? What is God saying to your hearts?