Year B, Proper 10
Last week was about leadership. This week spells out some of the consequences of leadership.
- 2 Samuel – David is an exuberant, passionate and spiritual leader for the people. He rejoices in this. Yet he also receives criticism for his passion.
- Psalm 24 – The Psalmist extolls God as the leader over all the earth; those who follow God’s lead (and are therefor leaders themselves in creation?) are named as those with “clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.”
- Amos – The work of the prophet leader is to set a plumb line in the midst of the people. And the prophet is not always welcomed by other spiritual leaders in this process. But the prophet continues to listen for God’s word and speak it.
- Psalm 85 – When we listen to the word of God we find that “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”
- Ephesians 1 – speaks of the inheritance of following Christ as our leader. We are “marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.” We are chosen.
- Mark 6 – the consequences of speaking as a prophet are sometimes one’s life; Herod’s leadership is contrasted to the prophetic leadership of John the Baptist who he has beheaded.
- I find the story of David bringing God’s ark of the covenant to be among the people a delightful story to tell. So much joy! You could even make a procession around the sanctuary.
- “A Little Drop of Honey” is about a king that does not act responsibly at http://storywise.com.sg/storytelling/a-little-drop-of-honey
- A story about the presence of God that could speak to 2 Samuel.
Once a student asked the Teacher why Jesus was so misunderstood. The religious leaders opposed him. His disciples were often confused. Some thought he was crazy, possessed by demons. The Teacher replied, “Once there was wonderful wedding. The couple hired the finest fiddlers and banjo players and drummers, musicians of all kinds. The music was so exhilarating that everyone began to dance, young and old. Everyone was flinging themselves about the church is the greatest of joy.
About that time two men in a car drove by the church. They had their windows rolled up and their radio was blasting music. They saw the people jumping about and dancing their hearts out inside the church. They looked at each other and shook their heads. “Look at those folks flinging themselves about. The people at those church are crazy!” And they drove away.
The Teacher said, “That is the conclusion people make when they cannot hear the music to which others are dancing.”
This is a retelling of the story titled “The Mad Dancers” in William R. White’s Stories for the Journey, A Sourcebook for Christian Storytellers (Augsburg Publishing, Minneapolis, MN; 1988, 63).
- A story that speaks of a king who learns justice from his people as opposed to King Herod in Mark 6 is titled, “The Sword of Wood.” You can find it at http://www.hasidicstories.com/Stories/Nachman_of_Bratslav/sword_wood.html .
©Jane Anne Ferguson, 2015 and beyond. Texts and photos may be reprinted with permission only.