Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Sermon
June 23, 2024, 2:18 PM

We worshipped on the 5th Sunday after Pentecost with the reminder that our relationship with God and reverence toward God’s promises have set us on a firm and unchanging foundation. And God’s loving kindness is welcoming us back to our connection with God. Our lesson from first Samuel is the story of David prevailing over Goliath, even against the long odds of the conventional wisdom of the day and counter to the fears of the Israelites. The Psalmist offered the reminder that God is our refuge and will always be present when we turn to God in trust. Our Epistle from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians tells us that now is the right time to do our work with and for God. No matter how disregarded we feel, God is still God. The gospel from Mark recounts Jesus calming the sea in the night and addressing the Disciple’s fear of the turmoil and storm. We should recognize our life of faith is not static and can be subject to fear and disturbances over time. As we name our fears we should recognize that we are not left alone in our fear because God is with us.

I invite your comments,

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

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