Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Year C: June 19, 2016
First Reading: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
(Written for ages 2-6)
Comment: On her blog, educator Carolyn Brown suggests inviting your congregation to explore sheer silence, noting “that even near-silence can be either very comforting or rather scary.” (http://
Second Reading: Galatians 3:23-29
One Family by George Shannon
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: Pamela Eisenbaum suggests that Paul’s intention is the building of family and that Galatians 3:28 is “[encapsulating] the message that people who are different can, if they so choose, come to understand themselves as meaningfully related to each other, committed to their well being, and part of a shared world.” (http://www.crosscurrents.org/
Gospel Reading: Luke 8:26-39
A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning
(Written for ages 5-9)
Comment: “We do not know how the Gerasene man fell into his pitiful state, but he is not unlike homeless people today… [who] are ‘unclean’ and unwelcome in most communities… Every city has its Gerasenes. The Gerasenes are our neighbors.” (Feasting on the Word, Year C, Volume 3, pp 168 & 170) With these words, Elaine A. Heath challenges us to share the compassion of Christ with those in our community whom we often label as unclean. Likewise, A Shelter in Our Car invites readers into the emotional, often fear-filled world of a young girl experiencing homelessness. May your congregation hear this text and story as a call to share the compassion of Christ with neighbors experiencing homelessness.
The Lectionary Links this week are written by regular contributor and Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Noell Rathbun-Cook.