Face to Face?

We take a detour this Sunday, thanks to the alternate texts in the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), which we will depart in a few weeks for our chronological lectionary.   These alternate texts are “semi-continuous,” meaning the same book is covered for several weeks – ideal for sermon series on a particular book.   In this case though, we are just using it to bring a fresh focus to the Gospel reading, which is the well-known feeding of the five thousand.  

Ultimately, the goal of all texts on Sunday (including, ideally, the Psalm) is to point to a single theological expression.  A reminder of something God has done, is doing, or will do for you His people.  And while Jacob wrestling with God might seem to be a far cry from feeding a large crowd, we will see this week that, from God’s perspective, they accomplish the same goal of ministry.  

I can’t tell you what that goal is right now – you should come Sunday to get that!  But I can tell you that it might have something to do with the very famous psalm we will recite together that morning:  

“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”  

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Kevin