The season after Pentecost introduces a different kind of preaching menu than we have had over the winter season. Whereas we have been focusing on celebrating the key events of the Christ mystery -- his birth, baptism, death, resurrection and ascension -- the summer invites us into a sustained, semi-continuous journey through a major portion of Scripture. Last summer we enjoyed the “Patriarchal Cycle”, which consisted of the stories of Creation, Exodus and the Promised Land. This summer, we move to the next major historical block of Scripture -- the Monarchy Cycle. In this series we will learn about the establishment of the ancient kingdom of Israel, the Davidic covenant, and the rationale for the Babylonian Exile. Through these events, we will trace the sovereign power of God to direct the course of human history for the blessing of his people.
June 7th The people ask for a king and Saul is anointed.
1 Samuel 8:4-11 [12-15] 16-20 [11:14-15]; Psalm 138
June 14th Saul is rejected by God. David is chosen.
1 Samuel 15:34—16:13; Psalm 20
June 21st David shows military prowess and Saul’s jealousy emerges.
1 Samuel 17:[1a, 4-11, 19-23] 32-49; Psalm 9:9-20
June 28th David laments over the death of Saul.
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130