Preparing to worship
During July and August, when I am with you we are going to continue our reading through 1 and 2 Samuel, learning with and from David, his life and faith. David is, if not the first, then certainly one of the first people whose story is told in detail from his very early days until his death. He remains to this day a complicated man of faith. Back in June we read from 1 Samuel 3, when the Israelites first asked for a king and then from 1 Samuel 16, the anointing the Shepherd boy David. In July we continue in 1 Samuel and the days before David becomes King and then in August and September we will look at some key moments in David’s kingship.
Thanks to Reverend Fred Demaray, Reverend William MacLellan and Alex Fels who will be leading worship at St. Andrew’s while I am on vacation this summer. Reverend MacLellan will be finishing up the series he started in June that is based on the Adam Hamilton book, Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say (which we will also be exploring in the July Wednesday barbeques).
Grace and Peace
On July 8, in the sermon Five Smooth Stones, we will be revisiting the story of the boy David as he meets the Philistine Giant Goliath. The reading is 1 Samuel 17:1–49.
A Complicated Grief will be the title of Reverend Dimock’s sermon on July 15 as David mourns the death of King Saul and his son Jonathon. The Scripture reading will be taken from 2 Samuel 1:1–27.
On July 22 Reverend Fred Demaray will be leading worship at St. Andrew’s.
On July 29 and August 5, Reverend MacLellan will be leading worship.
On August 12, the readings come from 2 Samuel 11:26–12:13. Have you ever had to tell anyone what they did was very wrong? This is the story of how the prophet Nathan called King David to account. The sermon is called Truth Telling.
On August 19, the readings will come from 2 Samuel 18:5–9, 15, 31–33 and the sermon title is Caught Between Heaven and Earth.
On August 26 and September 3, Alex Fels will be leading worship.
On September 9, some of the congregation will be at Gracefield; at St. Andrew’s the sermon draws on 2 Samuel 6 and 7—the return of the Ark and God’s refusal to allow David to build a temple for God, and God’s promise to David and David’s descendants. The sermon is called Joy and Patience.
On September 16 we move into 1 Kings 2:10–3:14 for our reading. As David dies, his son Solomon takes on the mantle of kingship and asks for the gift of wisdom. The sermon, which will also include readings from Luke 2:41–52, is called Growing in Wisdom.