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Jun 19

5th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 13B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
  • I know that this will come as a “shock” to my faithful readers, but… I really like the Common English Bible version of this text.
  • If you are interested in learning more about the original Hebrew that is used in this passage, you will want to check out the Blue Letter Bible online.  I don’t know why it has taken me this long to discover this resource, but I will definitely be using it now that I know about it!  There are several translations that are available, and the lexicons and other resources are easy to use.
  • Have you ever grieved over the death of a close friend?  How did your experience match that of David and his relationship to Jonathan?  Or how about the loss of a well-loved leader or public figure?  What would your lament say?
  • You may want to design the whole worship service to be a “Service of Remembrance”.  You could have candles for people to light in honor of loved ones who have passed away.
Psalm 130
  • Just as it is, this Psalm could be read as the Prayer of Confession.  It could also be read as part of your intercessory prayers for the day.
  • What does it look like when our soul waits for the Lord?  What does it feel like?
  • Have you ever watched for the morning to come?  We know that the dawn will come, but the anticipation can actually be pretty intense…
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
  • Many of us are fairly familiar with the NRSV translation of this passage, but the sentences aren’t the easiest to understand (especially by younger folks and people who are new to the faith and don’t use “churchy” phrases all the time).  So… check out the Common English Bible for a better, more listener-friendly translation.  Also, The Message offers a really nice translation of this text that most folks will be able to understand.
  • I know that the lectionary suggests that we only read verses 7-15, but I am inclined to include verses 1-6 in the lesson for this day.  The example that Paul gives is one that we all should strive to emulate…
  • Sometimes it is easy to start something, but it isn’t as easy to finish it.  We are challenged to not give up in our acts of generosity.
  • It really is fairly simple: if you have enough that you can give to others, then do so.  This isn’t something that should be forced – it should flow freely from our love of God and neighbor.
  • You could use a balance scale in your worship display.
Mark 5:21-43
  • As you might suspect, I like both the Common English Bible and The Message for this passage.  And, if you go here, you can see those translations side-by-side!
  • I wonder if the woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years was the mother of the twelve-year-old little girl…  Could this be a story of an entire family being healed?
  • The “friends” of the synagogue leader encourage him to give up hope, thinking that Jesus has no power over death.  Clearly, they have no idea who Jesus is.  Still…we know who Jesus is; yet, how often do we lose hope when faced with problems that are far less urgent as the ones we see in this passage of scripture?  Perhaps we need to hear Jesus saying, “Do not fear, only believe.”
  • As a visual reminder of the robe/cloak that Jesus would have been wearing, you could drape some natural linen cloth on the Table or over the front of the pulpit.

1 comment

  1. Taylor Hill

    Dear Amy,

    Thank you so much for this. Very helpful.

    Taylor Hill, HR
    Bradenton, Florida

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