Third Sunday after Pentecost Sunday June 21 Vanderbilt Divinity Library Lectionary

Proper 7B/Ordinary 12B/Pentecost 3 Textweek

1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

Today I just want to share a couple of notes from the readings that we can then hold and take with us as we meet after the service for our AGM. And in that regard we might also appreciate that the AGM is an integral part of our worship, an integral part of us being a Community in Christ, and like the Word of God, the AGM help us in determining our direction and invites us to participate in the unfolding of tomorrow. So that there’s almost a sense that the AGM can be seen in the same way we see the readings from scriptures Sunday by Sunday – as an opportunity to find and to seek a divine path.

The reading from 1 Samuel is the story of David & Goliath. It’s an inspiring story and an empowering tale. It’s a story of selfless action and of serving the community in a surprising way. Behind David’s activity in the narrative is a faith in “the Living God” (v36). Today we are invited to consider: To what are we empowered in the name of the living God? As we look towards tomorrow, to what are we empowered in the name of the living God?

We are offered another contemplative thought in the Psalm, v10: “those who know your name put their trust in you”. In what do we put our trust?

The reading from 2 Corinthians finds Paul doing what we seek to do. He reads the scriptures and brings them into the present for the church at Corinth. In verse 2, ‘See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!’ That NOW that Paul speaks of is our today. Now is our time for determining where we go from here. Now asks us to engage the Divine activity of creation, for our actions and orientation in the Now, determine our tomorrows.

And then finally we have the gospel narrative of the stilling of the storm. And it begins with “On that day”. Again the reading is in the NOW, bringing us into the present and bringing us into that same NOW. It is another dramatic story; it’s easy to picture and therefore easy to engage, and once again it speaks of the Divine Activity: the creation of peace. It underlines the previous readings for it is a story of Faith, it is a story of Trust and it is a story of Salvation. And it concludes with a question, which as Church is also our question. In verse 41: "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?"

Our story is a movement of realisation, a movement toward our understanding. As we ask “who then is this” of Christ, so too we ask it of ourselves and we ask it of the communities of which we are a part. The readings we have heard provide us with some great questions for reflection as we prepare ourselves for the NOW of our AGM:

To what are we empowered… in the name of the living God?
In what do we put our trust?
Who then is this?

The Lord be with you. Peter Humphris