Notice the last verse in our Genesis reading where God tells Abraham to take his son,
Isaac -- his son, Isaac, whom he loves dearly -- up onto a mountain in the land of Moriah
and there to sacrifice him. Then, at the very last moment, God provides a lamb so
Abraham won't have to sacrifice his son.
"Moriah," in the Hebrew, can be translated "the Lord will see to it," just as, when
something needs to be done today, we say, "I'll see to it."
Likewise, in verse 14, "The Lord will provide" and "it shall be provided" can also be
“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.