Quick digression - - Who's your all-time favorite TV or movie doctor???
OK, so my title is a bit cheesy, but I couldn't resist. I also can't wax poetically on how it relates to the Scripture, because, well, it very well may not. I'm a week behind many of you in the lectionary since I took a detour for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. When I did that, and when I saw this week's text, I decided to skip this one and go back to pick up last week's! Call me a cheater! I can take it!
So anyway, here we are with Luke. It starts with the crowd amazed at his gracious words, not a bad reception I think. But it ends with everyone in a rage and driving him out of town. What I notice quickly (in my non-studying of this passage) is that he didn't tick them off so much by claiming the Isaiah words as being about him, but in what he said later. He picked a fight with them! They didn't reject him first, but he told them they would reject him then they did. Different than the way this rejection appears in other gospels. Just something I noticed, but nothing I'm preaching on, so good luck with that!
Jeremiah's call - - that's a good one. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...." I love also the imagery of the LORD touching his mouth. Good stuff to run with here, too.
I'm not much of a Psalm preacher. I made myself do them for Lent 2 years ago, and I haven't touched one since. You're on your own there!
But 1 Cor. 13, don't we all dream of preaching this NOT at a wedding? I have to say the first line in my 1 Cor 13 standard wedding sermon is about how Paul wasn't writing it for a wedding. I like to just de-bunk that from the start!
Anyway, that's the quick run-through. We're starting to move into Annual Meeting season, so prayers will be offered for several of those, I'm sure. Any others that we can share as we encourage each other in preparing and sharing the Word? Thanks to all who shared their congregational prayer concerns with me for last week. It was AWESOME to pray for so many churches in our worship celebrating Christian unity.
As always, join us in the comments. I'll have homemade pancakes to share even before I post in the morning, I'm sure. Thank my husband, not me. I don't cook on Saturday morning. I'm lucky to get out of bed to eat them! Wel
Welcome, welcome everyone!