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Oct 22

22nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 30B] (Year B)

Job 42:1-6, 10-17
  • Finally, Job answers the Lord.  He acknowledges that he had spoken out of turn, and he declares that he will repent.
  • The lectionary suggests that we skip over verses 7-9, but they can be helpful in understanding why Job “prayed for his friends”.  It may be good to read the entire passage (verses 1-17).
  • In the last few verses, we are introduced to Job’s three daughters.  Anyone else notice that only the daughters are named – not any of his seven sons?  Also, his daughters are given an inheritance – just like the un-named sons!
  • If you are planning on preaching this passage, you may want to do so in the context of a service of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)
  • This is a lovely Psalm that can be used in a variety of ways in the service.
  • If you want to focus on this passage in worship, you could use it to create various prayer stations in your worship space.  I recommend going verse-by-verse, with stations that are interactive and “friendly” for people of all ages.
Hebrews 7:23-28
  • Once again, we ponder Jesus’ role as the High Priest.
  • I find it interesting that Jesus (as High Priest) is described as being “separated from sinners”… Separate from sin, I can understand – but, Jesus regularly dined with sinners.  How would you explain this?
  • As I suggested last week, you may want to use some High Priest related visual aids in your worship display.
Mark 10:46-52
  • Jesus meets Bartimaeus, a blind beggar that just won’t give up.  Even when those around him order him to be quiet, he shouts out for Jesus.  What a fantastic example of a strong faith – he trusts in Christ without seeing (literally)!
  • Last week, James and John made a bold request of the Savior – and Jesus responded saying, “What do you want me to do for you?”  This week, Batrimaeus presents his request, and Jesus says the same thing.  If you preached on the Mark text last Sunday, you may want to compare/contrast the two passages.
  • Who are the “blind beggars” in our world today that we try to “sternly order to be quiet”?  What would Jesus’ response to those people be?  What lessons could we learn from them?
  • You may want to include a cane (one used by a blind person) and a cloak in your worship display today.

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