The presidential inauguration is this weekend. Among those who have shared their plans with me some intend to watch, some intend to boycott completely, some are going to the Women’s March on Saturday, and still others haven’t made up their minds. According to one of my most reliable Lectionary blogs, “This is one of those Sundays when everyone in the pew will be bringing the events of the world into the room with them.”
One would hope we always bring the events of the world into worship; certainly I try to preach as if that’s the case. At the Tuesday Bible Study we looked at all the texts and agreed that the portion of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians on unity was the best pick for this weekend. Here’s a sample: “Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10-18) The purpose, of course, is to follow Christ.
So between now and Sunday I will be contemplating what unity in divisive times means and listening to Jesus call four of his disciples in Matthew to be “fishers of people.” However you decide to respond to the inauguration on Friday, on Sunday morning I hope you will make it a priority to be in worship, where, as the body of Christ, we will listen to and seek to follow the Word.
Grace upon grace, Catherine
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23.
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