Introduction to the readings for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer for Illumination: Eternal God, in the reading of Scripture, may your Word be heard; in the meditations of our hearts, may Your Word be known; and in the faithfulness of our lives, may Your Word be shown. Amen.
From the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1-8
There is a time for every season under Heaven.
Consider how these words from our ancient faith ancestors might inform our decisions and our responses here, now, this very day.
Reading from THE MESSAGE, THE BIBLE IN CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE by Eugene Peterson
There is an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend.
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.