- God of justice,
your word is light and truth.
Let your face shine on us to restore us,
that we may walk in your way,
seeking justice and doing good. Amen. Prayer from here...
- I'm on vacation this Sunday and the next, and I am keenly aware of how quickly our summer is passing! Here we are, the second Sunday in August, and many are deep into preparations for the resumption of full schedules after a summer slowdown and the onslaught of fall programs. And being ready is one of the themes for this 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14C. If you are following the RCL, the readings may be found here; if you are following the Narrative Lectionary, check here; if you are off lectionary, you tell us!
- The RCL readings this week are full of advice -- direct and indirect -- for people of faith trying to live what they believe. The Hebrew scripture comes from the opening passages of the Prophet Isaiah where we hear Isaiah's opening barrage of warnings to the people: all the sacrifice and incense and worship in the world is pointless if you are not "willing and obedient." That message can hit home in today's church as we figure out how that church can exist - and flourish - in the 21st century. The alternative OT reading comes from Genesis and calls us to faith as we hear the story of the childless Abram and God's promise that his descendants will be as numerous at the stars in the heavens.
- Faith faith continues as the theme in the NT reading from the letter to the Hebrews. "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Paul writes, and then goes on to recall how God fulfilled his promise to the faithful Abram, and what that meant for those descendants going forward.
- Perhaps the most pointed advice comes in our gospel reading from Luke. We are deep into Jesus' travel narrative as he heads towards Jerusalem, teaching the twelve and those who follow along as make their way from town to town. We hear Jesus proffering a number of tidbits of advice, but the overall theme is to be ready--be reading for the coming of the Son of Man. And the underlying subtext might be heard as one of economic justice and stewardship.
So where are you headed, preachers, in these dog days of summer? Here, there, wherever, join the conversation with questions, insights, whines. whatever you've got.