Tag Archive: 2 Corinthians

Feb 24

Ash Wednesday (Year A)

Worship Ideas Let’s be honest: the RCL readings for Ash Wednesday are the same every year.  If you are anything like me, you may be feeling as though you have already tried everything and said everything.  Trust me, though — you haven’t.  There are still plenty of things to say and plenty of things to try. …

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Mar 03

4th Sunday in Lent (Year C)

Joshua 5:9-12 Common English Bible and NRSV The imagery of God “rolling away” the disgrace could be fun to explore.  Label a large workout/exercise ball or a large beach ball with the word “Disgrace” (or “sin” or “shame”, etc).  Invite people (kids would like this) to help God roll it out of the worship space. …

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Feb 11

Ash Wednesday (Year C)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Common English Bible and NRSV The first several verses of this passage foreshadow the darkness and earthquakes of Good Friday. You could use your sanctuary lighting to help illustrate the text: begin with the lights dimmed, and gradually increase the lighting as you approach the Assurance of Pardon. Will your congregation be …

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Jan 29

Transfiguration Sunday (Year C)

Exodus 34:29-35 Common English Bible and NRSV Moses returns from meeting God face to…well…”face”.  As it turns out, the glory of God is so brilliant that Moses’ face literally shines from the encounter.  Since the people are afraid of Moses’ new “glow”, he decides to wear a veil – thus muting the impact of the …

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Jul 02

6th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 14B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 David had served the people before, so they recognized his gifts of leadership.  How do we recognize the gifts of leadership in people – especially young people – today?  Remember, David was 30 years old when he was anointed as king — but he had been leading the people for a …

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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 …

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Jun 15

4th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 12B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49 We may think that the story of David and Goliath is probably familiar to a lot of folks sitting in church on Sunday, but that (sadly) is not necessarily the case.  Adults who are new to the faith probably didn’t grow up hearing Bible stories, so they may not know …

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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 …

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Jun 05

2nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 10B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on Psalm 138) With my whole heart, we give you thanks, O God! In the face of all the things that clamor for our attention each day, we turn to focus our adoration on you alone, O Lord! Even though your name is above every name, O God, you recognize us …

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Jun 05

2nd Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 10B] (Year B)

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) The NRSV is a good translation, but I also really like the Common English Bible. The people of Israel wanted a king – and the Lord told them, “Be careful what you wish for…”  It is all too easy to see what others have and assume that it is …

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