2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19
. . . So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
From sermon4kids.com: “When we come to worship, we should follow the example of David. I am not suggesting that we do the Hokey Pokey, but when we worship the Lord, we should put our whole self into it and worship with all our might.”
Scripture: July 15, 2018—2 Samuel 6:1–5, 12b–19; Ephesians 1:3–14; Psalm 24; and Mark 6:14–29.
Collect: O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Reflection: The lectionary readings suggest comparing the exuberant dancing and merrymaking of David to Paul’s enthusiastic description of the Christian’s calling, while contrasting these to the deathly revelries of Herod’s court. How do you know which present-day occasions to celebrate with all your might and which to speak out against?
Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)
Prayer for the week: Almighty and everlasting God,
by your Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified;
hear the prayers we offer
for all your faithful people,
that in the ministry to which you have called us
we may serve you in holiness and truth;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
who is alive with with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
For the summer, we are exploring how faith and science fit together—or do they? The fourth video in our summer series looks at the difference between how science versus faith answers the question “What is a human being?” For this week, pick up your worksheet at church or print from here. Consider how science and faith answer the question. Write down what you think. Write it on your worksheet or share it on Friends of SSSJ facebook page.