For many of our churches it's stewardship season -- so it may or may not be a good thing that our Gospel and Epistle lessons this Sunday directly address issues of wealth.
How do we re-tell the familiar story of the rich man and Lazarus in a way that avoids a simplistic "rich people=bad/poor people=good" cliche'? Especially in communities battered by economic change and recession, how do we address the Epistle messages about the proper uses and pitfalls of wealth to working- and middle-class households who feel as if they're being pushed off a financial cliff? How, in this context, do we avoid an unintended but nonetheless perceived message on the part of many laypeople in the pew in response to texts like these: "Accumulating wealth is bad, so give us yours"?
Big issues, and big questions, this week. Of course, you may instead be observing another Creation Sunday, or may be off the lectionary altogether. Whatever you're planning or preaching this Sunday, it's important to us -- so please share your insights and conundrums here.