Jun 11

3rd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 11B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
  • How often do we judge people/groups/etc based purely on how they look on the outside?
  • Only God has the proper vision to be able to judge anyone’s hearts.  Period.  So, why do we continue to judge others?
  • Who are the “youngest” in our church families?  Who are the ones that we dismiss because – in our judgment – they aren’t ready yet?  What would happen if we finally let go, and we let God determine who is ready to serve?
  • Items that you may want to include in your worship display: shepherd’s crook and/or a ram’s horn.
  • Today would be a great day to ordain or install church officers!
Psalm 20
  • This beautiful Psalm would make a lovely charge and benediction.
  • Verse 5 says, “May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners. May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.”  Why not make prayer banners during worship?
2 Corinthians 5:6-17
  • Once again, I find myself liking the Common English Bible translation of this passage.
  • I also like Eugene Peterson’s The Message for this text (which also includes verses 18-20).
  • The phrase “we walk by faith, not by sight” just begs us to do something with blindfolds in worship, doesn’t it?  Perhaps during the Children’s Sermon…
  • Is there anyone in your congregation or community who is blind?  Consider interviewing them during worship to learn about how they live without sight.
  • Another way to “walk by faith”: walk a labyrinth. There are all sorts of prayer labyrinths that you can use/find/create.
    • You can create a prayer labyrinth using masking tape!  Here are instructions from The Labyrinth Society.
  • Just like the text from 1 Samuel, we are confronted here with the directive that we shouldn’t be judging people (especially based on outward appearances, etc).  The phrase, “don’t judge a book by its cover” keeps coming to mind…
Mark 4:26-34
  • Easy decorating idea for your worship space: glass jars, bowls, glasses, or vases that are filled with seeds.
  • Of course… some seeds can be rather expensive – including mustard seeds.  So – you may want to use a spray adhesive or a thin layer of clear-drying craft glue to decorate the outside of some jars, bowls, glasses, or vases with seeds.
  • What seeds do we scatter?  Is anything good going to grow?
  • Create a space to grow wildflowers (or some other plants/flowers/vegetation) on your church property.  Plant the seeds by having kids (and/or adults) scatter small handfuls of seeds in a designated area.  Once they grow, flowers can be used to help decorate the worship space from time to time…

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