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.
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.