All of Scripture is God-breathed; in its inspired voice, we hear useful teaching, rebuke, correction, instruction, and training for a life that is right so that God’s people may be up to the task ahead and have all they need to accomplish every good work. ~~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (The Voice Paraphrase)
We have made the best of the last several months of not gathering in person. I have truly missed Coffee Time and Sunday School. I also lament not having Vacation Bible School, and opportunities to gather for picnics and such. Part of the reason I miss those things so much is they provide an opportunity to hear stories – Bible stories and stories of one another’s lives.
Therefore, for July and August, I want to spend our worship time sharing Bible stories, organized around the book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. This was the last book written by Rachel Held Evans before her untimely death in May 2019 at the age of 37.
Each Sunday, we’ll examine different kinds of stories found in Scripture including: Origin Stories, Deliverance Stories, War Stories, Wisdom Stories, Resistance Stories, Gospel Stories, Fish Stories, and Church Stories.
Hopefully, in working through the Bible in this format, you’ll recognize your own story woven into God’s story. But, also, this format gives me the opportunity to preach passages that are not included in the Revised Common Lectionary, and therefore not usually heard from the pulpit.
I’m planning to include some passages I personally have never heard preached and am not sure I remembered were even found in Scripture! Are you intrigued?
If the weather cooperates, perhaps we could have a Sunday evening “sermon talk back” around my fire pit. People could bring their own chairs and masks. I would love to hear how your story intersects with the stories found in Sunday’s worship. If this idea excites you, please be in touch with me.
I pray that this summer will remind you that God is still breathing. May you know that, as Rachel Held Evens wrote, “If you’re curious, you will never leave [Scripture] without learning something new. If you’re persistent, you just might leave inspired.”
Scriptures for July
July 5: Isaiah 43:19, Luke 4:18-19, 2 Cor. 5:7, 17, Rev. 21:1-8 “New World Coming” – Annual Conference Worship
July 12: Isaiah 43:1-7 “Origin Stories”
July 19: Exodus 20:1-3 “Deliverance Stories”
July 26: Joshua 6:1-17 “War Stories”
Scriptures for August
Aug 2: Job 1:1-12 “Wisdom Stories”
Aug. 9: Amos 5:21-24 “Resistance Stories”
Aug. 16: Luke 4:16-21 “Gospel Stories”
Aug. 23: Matt. 17:24-27 “Fish Stories”
Aug. 30: Titus 1:10-16 “Church Stories”