As we begin our pondering, let us pray:
Keeper of our lives,
you know the hardness and gentleness of human hearts.
You call your people to faithful living.
Through the storms of life
that bring suffering and fear, joy and laughter,
teach us to turn to you for all we need,
so that we may come to know your presence
even in the midst of the trials that surround us. Amen.
options~~lots and lots of options. For starters, we can choose from among three different readings from the Old Testament: the familiar tale of David taking on Goliath, the follow-up account of Saul's conflicted relationship with David, or God speaking to Job out of the whirlwind. Are you following one track through the summer, or the entire season of Pentecost? Or going by what strikes you each week? Or even being influenced by the psalms associated with each reading?
now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!"~~perhaps are good reminder for all of us.
And finally our gospel from Mark recounts Jesus calming the stormy seas, and in his very unflappable way asking his followers, "Why are you afraid?"~~an apt question for our times, and for our churches (well, mine, anyway...and you?)
Where are you headed this week, preachers? Slaying the powerful giant? Hearing God's voice in the whirlwind? Exhorting your listeners to open their hearts? Confronting fear and lack of faith? Or some other direction entirely? Jump right in and share your inspiration, your pondering, your questions..that's what we're here for!