I Samuel 15:34-16:13, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 and Mark 4: 26-34
June 13th honors St Anthony of Padua. One legend that accompanies this man of faith is this story: one day on Italy’s east coast, Anthony went down to the seashore and preached to the fish. They lifted their heads above the surface of the water and listened very closely! In any age, a legend that all preachers might hope would come true for at least the members (“fish”) of their congregations!
But any sermon, should help people go to the very realistic scriptures which are compelling in themselves! Just reading or hearing the Bible has the great Spirit driven potential to cause people to “listen up” to something life changing…..or at least in-the-moment changing!
That’s the way I feel about the three scriptures listed for this Sunday. We read of the replacement for a disappointing King Saul and find it to be young David soon to be the greatest of Israel’s rulers! Then Paul writes to the church some of his most powerful remarks about the change for the better for those who trust and follow Christ. “If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation!” And Mark’s gospel shows us Jesus teaching in parables about the Kingdom of God. It grows and makes a huge impact over time! And from the smallest of beginnings!
So, each Sunday the reading of and hearing scripture has the potential to open hearts, minds, and congregations to something amazing and life giving!
Listen in once more on this June 13th and believe some Good News! It can change your day if not your whole life!
Pastor Barry †