Weekly Word

Nathan said to David, "You are the man [who did a very bad thing]."

Good guilt is a funny thing. Like humor, it depends upon ambiguity. We all misbehave. We all hurt others and fail to live compassionately. But, we only hear the bad news that we have sinned, when our actions look differently from different viewpoints.

For: 
August 1, 2021
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a
Pentecost 10
David ordered his messengers to get Bathsheba... - II Samuel 11:4

Every person, no matter what their role in life, needs to be aware of the temptation that power offers us. David was led astray, not by Bathsheba bathing on the roof-top, but by his desire to be a "real" king. Many Kings act like dictators. They expect to have any woman they want. Men in lesser possitions often do the same thing. Power corrupts.

For: 
July 25, 2021
2 Samuel 11
Philippians 2:6-7
Pentecost 12
Jesus said to them, "Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while."

Coming away isn’t easy. Jesus discovered that was true, even in the much simpler first century. In Mark chapter 6, Jesus spends about a page and a half trying to find a quiet space where he can just simply rest with his disciples. Both flexibility and routine are important when we are planning our rest times. 

For: 
July 18, 2021
Mark 6:30-56
Pentecost 11
[Salome] came in and danced. She pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, "Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it."

The lectionary places the story of Salome’s dance right next to the Old Testament lesson regarding King David’s dance before the Ark of the Covenant (II Samuel 6:12-19). David may have been as scantily dressed as Salome, but his motivations are pure.

For: 
July 11, 2021
Mark 6:14-29
2 Samuel 6:12-19
Pentecost 10
Prophets are without honor when they come home - Jesus

I believe that our lord is more of a shepherd than a showman. He leads us forward at our own pace. As we are willing to accept them, miracles come into our lives.

For: 
July 4, 2021
Mark 6:1-6
Pentecost 9
"The LORD, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from [the giant]" - David

When we face difficulties, we need to double down on our commitment to do our duty. The giants we face may be insurmountable. David tells Saul that when he goes out to keep the sheep by night, he prepares himself to do his duty, for he doesn’t know if he will face a lion or a bear. He has decided beforehand to be courageous.

For: 
June 27, 2021
I Samuel 16 - 17
Pentecost 8
The Philistines had a champion named Goliath, who was nine feet tall. - The problem

Faith isn’t a magical power that some people have, and others don’t. We all can have faith. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, simply do your duty.

For: 
June 20, 2021
1 Samuel 17:1-49
Pentecost 7
"...the birds of the air can make nests in [the church's] shade" - Jesus

Jesus’ point is that a seed can start out small, but like a weed, grow to takes over the garden. Why should our faith become so obvious? Because the kingdom of God is a matter of goodness, ministering to the needs of others, and social action.

For: 
June 13, 2021
Mark 4:30-34
Pentecost 6
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.

Psalm 130 is a very personal litany of prayers; each line the breath of the human soul. This is a good time to remind people that when illness interrupts our daily lives, there may be positive spiritual benefits. The story of the woman with the unstoppable hemorrhage also moves us to compassion. It moved the woman to seek Jesus.

For: 
June 6, 2021
Psalm 130
Mark 5:24
Pentecost 5
"All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” - Romans 8:14

This year, with the pandemic, has been particularly hard for those who struggle for their sobriety day by day.

For: 
May 30, 2021
Romans 8:12-14
Pentecost 2

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