July 2019 Worship - a word from Pastor Kathryn
On the Christian calendar we are now in the season after Pentecost, also known as "Ordinary Time." That word ordinary is misleading. It does not mean commonplace or familiar; rather, it points to the word ordinal, referring to the way in which we number the Sundays after Pentecost until we reach Christ the King Sunday, the final Sunday of the Christian Year, just prior to beginning a new Christian Year with Advent.
During Ordinary Time, the lectionary readings (the three-year series of Bible readings for Sunday worship) become semi-continuous, such that we are often reading through the same books of the Bible over several weeks. As you can see from the list below, during the month of July we will hear from the prophets Amos and Hosea, and from Paul's letter to the Colossians and the Gospel of Luke. You may get more from worship and preacing in July if you take some time to read these passages in advance and learn a bit more about each of these books.
- July 7: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
- July 14: Amos 7:7-17; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37
- July 21: Amos 8:1-12; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42
- July 28: Hosea 1:2-10; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13
Amos' main theme is social justice. In Hosea, the over-arching theme is God's love for God's people of Israel. In the Epistle readings, Galations focuses on freedom in Christ while Colossians focuses on the supremacy of Christ. Luke's Gospel tells us about the ministry of Jesus and we find several familiar stories: Jesus sends 70 of his followers ahead of him to prepare people for his ministry; a lawyer asks, "Who is my neighbor?" and is told about a good Samaritan; Martha busies about while Mary sits at Jesus' feet; Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. The readings from Luke will continue throughout the summer.
I hope that you will take time this month to ponder these words of Scripture in your minds and hearts and listen for the ways in which God is speaking something new to you from these ancient texts.