Among the things I most treasure about Sunday worship is reading and proclaiming the weekly texts. I look to these weekly encounters with Scripture for guidance and deeper meaning. As Scripture intended for the whole body of Christ, perhaps it carries a bit more weight?
Gathered together as the people of God, I imagine our collective concerns, hopes, and brokenness. Sometimes I feel the hurt of God’s people gathered around the world: those searching for the basics of life, others caught up in the frenzy of the “fast lane.” I imagine us as a great flock of fragile birds waiting with gaping beaks, hungry and thirsty for food and drink that will satisfy.
The riches of the biblical texts proclaimed bring us closer to God. They are life giving and life forming. As we pray the words of the Bible, may they truly become for each of us.
This message is adapted from “Words Beyond All Other Words” written by Julie K. Aageson in the September 2010 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine. Today is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Amos 8:4-7; Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 (semicontinuous); Psalm 113; Psalm 79:1-9 (semicontinuous); 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13.