your love stands firm from generation to generation,
your mercy is always abundant.
Give us open and understanding hearts,
that having heard your word,
we may seek Christ's presence in all whom we meet. Amen.
(Prayer found here)
Another Sunday, another sermon. Or at least that is how it sometimes feels to those of us who have to prepare them
You can read the Lectionary passages for this Sunday here.
It is an interesting mix. In Genesis 22 the brave (or foolish--they often seem the same don't they?) can take on the question of child sacrifice. Or in the alternate Hebrew Scriptures reading from Jeremiah one could take on the question of how to know a true prophet.
Or maybe you like Paul's letter to the Romans. In this week's section Paul is talking about sin and law (Paul? Sin and law? What a surprise!) And includes one of his best known phrases "The Wages of Sin is death" (which in English is poor grammar since Wages is plural and so it should say "are" not "is").
Or do you prefer to talk about the Gospel reading. Here we have Jesus telling the disciples how blessed the people who will welcome them are. Of course that may be a way of hinting that there will be many who will not welcome the disciples or their preaching...
And of course sometimes we like to look at the Psalms. Both suggestions this week serve as invitations to talk about God's steadfastness and trusting in God to protect/sustain us.
Or maybe now that we are in Ordinary Time you are deciding that the Lectionary is going to be set aside to allow a focus on a certain theme or to explore a specific story/book in Scripture. Wherever the Spirit (or the Church) is leading you this week please share it with us in the comments. And if you have a link that you find helpful feel free to post it too! (for help on how to post a link check here)
Welcome image found here
Sacrifice of Isaac image found here (lots of other options on the same story there as well)