Texts: Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]; Luke 11:1-13
If there is anything about summer that is universal, it is that it’s a time of growing. The ground is receptive. Seeds of spring are steadily growing into sturdy plants bearing fruits, vegetables and flowers. New seeds are being sown to bear fast-growing micro greens and late-harvest plants.
Texts: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37
As a fun exercise I used to give my confirmation classes a little test with eight questions. All the answers were completely straightforward; there were no tricks. I have no idea where the test originated. It came with the arresting title: A Quiz For People Who Know Everything. So who can resist trying it?
Texts: Isaiah 66:10-14; Galatians 6:1-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
There’s a man who doesn’t drive and is always walking around town. He’s been doing this for years and many people know him on sight, if not personally. Lately he’s taken to settling himself on a bench on the sidewalk and peacefully resting there for some time. He does nothing more than make friendly eye contact with passersby. And to his surprise, people have responded to him on a whole new level.
Texts: 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62
All right everyone. Seat belts buckled low and tight across your laps? All carry-on items stowed safely under your seats? Crash helmets in place? Plenty of liquids? Are we ready? Summer is taking off. Right. Now.
Texts: Isaiah 65:1-9; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 8:26-39
Cesar Millan has been the subject of more than a hundred episodes of a television production called “The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”. The show is part of the very lucrative infotainment industry. It’s drama, but it’s real too.
Texts: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
If you like your days to be well planned out, to know how things will unfold with reliability, then this…is not your day. If you always follow a recipe without deviating or experimenting, this…is not your day. If you like maps more than puzzles, this…is not your day.
Texts: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17
Imagine… that you are at home eating your breakfast in your early morning attire, whatever that is… Imagine that it’s a soft spring day with riots of flowers and young green leaves on the trees. Then, BOOM! The house next door to you explodes. That will change your morning. To say the least.
Texts: Acts 16:16-34; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-27
It’s pretty unbelievable, right? All that stuff in the book of Acts. It’s quite the story. That’s a real challenge with the bible sometimes. Who can believe in it? And what does it have to do with us anyway?
Texts: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21
I am a person who finds real joy in fixing things. A minor plumbing issue? I’m on it! The vacuum cleaner is in distress? Let me get some tools and take a look inside. Which is why, recently, I was under the hood of the car with a wrench and my cell phone.
Scripture Texts: Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:11-20
The time is night.
When things happen secretly.
The Spirit of God moves unseen in hearts.
Time compresses, lengthens, wrinkles,
without the sun’s witness as it arcs the sky.
Messages are passed from heavenly beings
to ones who are awake in the night.
Field workers, deep thinkers, star watchers.
The courageous and the fearful together,
are alike in the night.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.