Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Collect for Proper 23
If you're not feeling prophetic, you may be following the saga of Job begun last week. This week's selection finds Job still on the ash heap but now hurling bitter cries against God. If you are following Job I commend to you these notes on doing a preaching series on Job. Even though I only did one week on Job, I found them to be extraordinarily helpful.
Our NT reading from Hebrews begins with these sharp words (pun intended): The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. I don't think I've ever preached on Hebrews, but that is certainly a text worth tackling; how does the word of God cut into our lives today?
And perhaps just in time for the stewardship season, our gospel finds Jesus in conversation with the rich (and pious) young man who is told to give up all his wealth. Um, yeah.
So where are you headed this week, preachers? How are these reading speaking to you? Or are you off lectionary, doing stewardship, or following another theme? Share your ideas, questions, inspirations or whatever you've got!
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