Evangelectionary for July 27, 2014, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Texts: Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52


Over the years I have most frequently heard and read the words from Romans 8 at funeral services. Paul’s words are a powerful reminder to those of us left behind of the hope we have in and through Jesus Christ. Nothing, not even death, can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. This is such good news! Aren’t there others beside those who happen to be sitting in our sanctuaries for a funeral who need to hear these words of hope?

Earlier in the chapter, Paul speaks of our adoption and God’s desire to call each of us son or daughter.  As adopted children, we are chosen. We are wanted. God wants what is best for us. In this section, we are reminded that Jesus is our brother, who not only died for us, but serves as our advocate today. Not only can we rest in the promise of spending eternity with our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, we are promised love, companionship, and family here and now.

Questions to consider:

Who needs to hear these words of hope in your congregation? In your community? What does it mean to be chosen by God and to have Jesus as our brother?