Not posting a sermon yet. Actually seeking brainstorming. The texts for our lectionary :OT: Nathan's accusation of David stealing Bathsheba, Psam 32: "Happy are those whose transgressions are forgiven....",
gospel: Luke 7: 36-8:3, Jesus @ Simon the leper's house when the woman washes his feet with her tears and Jesus tells the prable of the 2 debtors, one forgiven a huge debt, the other a small.
These seem to call for a message on forgiveness -- not between humans as much as the vertical relationship between us and God.
some questions which came as I have pondered these texts, (in no particular order)
For the congregation members to contemplate:
What is the worst thing you have done for which another person has forgiven you?
What is the thing for which you cannot forgive yourself? Do you know that God has forgiven it? If so, why are you hanging on to it? If not, whay is keeping you from receiving that forgiveness?
Then, for the preacher to possibly explore: What part does confession play in forgiveness? Can we forgive another person has neither confessed nor repented (aren't we supposed to? What about God, whether or not we confess or repent)
What about those folks who, when they hear W's of forgiveness consider it a license to continue in the offence.
Should forgiveness eliminate earthly consequences? Never? Always? Sometimes?
O.K. Folks, please shower forth wisdom, illustrations, or anything else at all you think would benifit those folks who will actually show up on Fathers Day to hear a word of God from me.
Blessings, Peace & Joy
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