Guardian of the weak, through the teachings of your prophets you have claimed our cities, towns, and homes as temples of your presence and citadels of your justice. Turn the places we live into strongholds of your grace, that the most vulnerable as well as the most powerful among us may find peace in the security that comes in the strong name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
|Being Sent out?|
The other passages appear, at a first glance, to be about being a witness. Being a witness in less than ideal circumstances at that. Will people listen? Maybe, maybe not. Will the life of witnessing be easy? Apparently not--more like the opposite in fact. Not exactly a way to sell the job is it?
But can anyone name a spot in either testament where the task of being a witness for the Holy One is described in a way that would make anyone stick their hand up saying Ooh-ooh-ooooh! a la Arnold Horshack?
And of course for our USan colleagues this week is broken up by July 4. Some of us in Canada wrestled this past weekend with how to deal with the fact that our National Holiday fell on a Sunday this year. With the 4th being in the middle of the week does that impact worship planning and/or attendance?
Or maybe you are ignoring the lectionary and national holidays and going off in your own direction. Summer sermon series perhaps? Putting in time before vacation time starts? Where ever worship planning is taking you this week, let us know in the comments...