The Lectionary texts for Sunday include 1 Samuel 8:4-20 and Mark 3:20-35.
As you prepare for worship on Sunday, take a moment to read through the Old Testament passage. Although the sermon will come primarily from the New Testament reading, being reminded of Israel's history, specifically why they wanted a king to rule over them, will be an important aspect of the sermon coming up on June 17th. Once you have read through 1 Samuel 8:4-20, answer the following:
- What do the people ask of Samuel?
- What is their reasoning?
- Whom have the people rejected?
- What warning does God send?
As you likely know, each week I meet with a group of pastors to consider the upcoming Scripture readings. We always end our time together with a spiritual practice of some sort. This week, one pastor in our group led us through an exercise that was so much fun, I want you to have a chance to experience it as well.
Looking back over your notes from your time of meditating on Mark 3:20-35, choose one word that really speaks to you. Now, write that word vertically on a piece of paper. Then, create an acrostic of the word, using the first letter to make another word of phrase--preferably something that comes to mind as you consider what is happening here with Jesus, his disciples and his family. Just for fun, I am including the acrostic that came from my experience of this exercise. I chose the word "house." It is a word that occurs a couple of times in the reading.
O--outside is where Jesus' family stands
U--unholy spirit vs. Holy Spirit
E--everyone who does God's will is now part of the house
Now it is your turn. Choose a word and develop your own acrostic. I look forward to hearing about your experience AND seeing you in worship on Sunday.