Aug 27

14th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 22B] (Year B)

Song of Solomon 2:8-13
  • Someone cue the giggles from the pre-teens sitting in the back pew…  The love poetry found in Song of Solomon is sure to make Jr. High School kids blush – and maybe even a few adults, too.  We don’t tend to think about writing love poems to God – or, about God writing love poems to us.  This territory may be new for your congregation, but there is a lot of great imagery to work with in this text!
  • What would our love song to the Lord sound like today?
  • If you want to create an interactive worship display today, I suggest going to the grocery store and buying figs.  Chances are, lots of folks in your congregation (especially kids) have never tasted one.  Don’t forget lots of fresh flowers for your display, too (or silk flowers if you have allergies or budgets to consider).
Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9
  • Another Hebrew Testament passage…another love song to God (or a “king”, though I prefer to think of this being sung to Christ the King, and not some earthly ruler).
  • If you are focusing on this text, you may want to include a king’s crown and scepter in your display.  Also, anointing oil, myrrh, aloe, and cassia could be included.
James 1:17-27
  • If only more people would read (and re-read) these words, then maybe the Gospel could truly be proclaimed in all the earth!  Be patient.  Be slow to anger.  Be honest with yourself.  Be honest with God.  Be honest with all others.  And, watch what you say.  It is simple, yet somehow profound, advice.
  • If you go to your local hardware store (or larger home/building supply store), you should be able to find a road/street sign that says “SLOW” — which can be a great prop for your worship display (or Time with Children) if you are talking about being “slow to speak, slow to anger”.
  • Mirrors – of every size or shape – would also be good to use in your worship display if you are talking about this passage.
  • If you have anyone in your church or community that works with farm animals or rides horses, then you may be able to borrow a bridle to use in your display.  Kids may not know what it is, so it could make an interesting Children’s Sermon, too.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
  • After all those weeks of Jesus talking about bread, now we discover that he and his disciples aren’t always washing their hands before they eat.  While this may be shocking to the Pharisees (and Miss Manners), Jesus is not concerned at all.  The dirt and grime on their fingertips does not defile — but, the deceit, slander, pride, and folly of the Scribes and Company does.
  • You may want to include any/all of the following items in a worship display for this text:
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Hand Wipes
    • Washcloths or towels (either paper or cloth)
    • Water, soap, and a wash basin

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