A man sat on a park bench next to a pond. He began to feed some of a bag of popcorn to a beautiful mallard drake that swam in the pond. When the bag was nearly half gone, the mallard said, "You remind me of the way I myself was when young. We ducklings waddled where we pleased, Mother clucking her disapproval all the time. We couldn't understand a thing she said, and she never understood us. We would eat little fish; she'd turn up her nose. She'd offer us a worm and we'd run for the water. She'd stop at the edge of a puddle and watch us swim in it, a frantic look on her face.
“It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” (v. 15b)
Good morning children.
Happy eighth Sunday of Pentecost. (explain the naming of the days in the church calendar)
Now today let us play the game “Truth or Lie.” Okay? I will tell you either a truth or a lie. See if you can guess which is a lie and which is a truth. (presenter may dream up a series of fun “truth and lie” statements and challenge the children with them)
How did you do? Which truth or lie did you like and which did you not like?
These three scriptures are very different, but at their core they are all God’s story, not ours. David used the Ark for his own political purposes, instead of remembering the Ark is God’s throne.
The Ephesians see gods in everything -- the emperor, deep mysteries revealed only to initiates, and the goddess Artemis -- but Paul reminds them there is one God who has made us one people, and God’s one plan is meant to bring us all together.
In our worship today we look at promises and at a man who made a silly and dangerous promise which he shouldn't have kept. Let us ask God for help in making the right sort of promises and in keeping those promises.
Invitation to Confession:
Jesus, sometimes we make rash and silly promises. Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, sometimes we make good promises but fail to keep them. Christ, have mercy.
Dancing in holy places -- that's the theme of this text. I don't know about you, but sometimes in parish life you just don't feel much like dancing, especially when as a pastor you have to deal with several deaths in one week, and still have to get up and preach with a smile on your face. In a reversal of that British movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral, I remember one week when I was in the parish when we had "Four Funerals and a Wedding," and it was a bittersweet time for all of us.