Sermon Prep and Lectionary Prayers for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

For July 17, 2016 SCRIPTURE READINGS Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The story presented in this week’s Lectionary reading will be familiar for many. The main characters, Martha and Mary, are also very familiar. While they are mentioned in several other places in the New Testament, this passage is famous for identifying Martha…

Simone Weil on Affliction and the Chasm in God

I will never forget the moment I was introduced to the writings of Simone Weil a few years ago. It was as if all of the  questions I had ever asked about the nature of God, suffering, beauty, and good and evil had collided into one stream of thought. Simone Weil was a philosopher, political activist, and mystic…

To Whom Does Your Heart Belong?

Revelation 5:1-14 At the heart of Christian worship is the belief that God is worthy of worship. What are we here after? Do you ever walk into a room or go to the store and ask yourself “Now what was I here after?” We all know that feeling, don’t we? That feeling of not being so sure…

Enemy Love: The Test of Christian Faith

On the 16th of September in 1962, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a sermon titled “Levels of Love” which outlined five different levels of love. He concluded by explaining that agape is the highest level of love that exists. Romantic love is the kind of love where we love because of our affection and attraction for…

The Revolutionary Politics of Love

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and…

Prayers for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (October 26th, 2014)

Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Matthew 22:34–46 Call to Worship: Leader:         Beloved people of God: we are called to love with all our hearts! People:         Let us love with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds. Leader:         Lift up your hearts; let us walk together as…