Carrying on through the story of Elijah and Ahab, this week we return to a low point in Elijah’s journey. Despite the power of his confrontation with Ahab, he is more discouraged than ever. Right or wrong, confrontation is always difficult. He begs to die, returns to the seclusion of a tree in the wilderness. And then we have that beautiful and familiar scene of God coming in the silence. This can be a good Sunday to reinforce some your ideas about the Holy Spirit you may have preached on Pentecost Sunday.
How have you been preaching Galatians? I felt compelled to preach on exploitation last week, so I focussed on Ahab and the woman with the jar. However, these readings from Galatians really need some unpacking. Have you been talking about the background relationship of Paul and Peter? I’d love to know about it if you have.
Last week our gospel was a concrete example of Jesus’ commitment to serve among “tax collectors and sinners”. This week Jesus continues to cement his identity as the Son of God with his confrontation with “Legion”. I love the contrast of the man before and after the demons enter him. People immediately know he has been healed because he is sitting quietly. That image lends itself to many messages.
We also have a picnic and a baptism on Sunday, so lots to draw in. What’s going on in your community this week? What words are bringing or hearing?