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In Charge

Bulletin: May 29, 2016
2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Scriptures: 1 Kings 17Psalm 147:7-8, 10-12Luke 7:11-17


Rev. Mark McKim

During the summer we are invited by the lectionary to read many of the events, in the lives of two of the great prophets of old: Elijah and his successor, Elisha.

fbcsermon_widowZarephathThese are accounts which range from high adventure and danger to despair and depression, unexpected turns of events to unexpected deliverances. In other words, these are rollicking good stories! With the added bonus that they come from Scripture, God’s word to us, and therefore have some important things to tell us about life.

Perhaps you might take time to read the appointed Scripture lessons for this Sunday and ask “What does this have to do with us, today?”

A few key words

Here are some words which you will hear in this Sunday’s sermon, the meanings of which will be helpful to know.

Baal – The fertility-god worshipped by many of the people of the ancient middle east. Baal was believed to have control over the rains and harvest. It was not unusual for different communities to have their own localized version of Baal, hence the references in Scripture to “the Baals.”

Israel – (1) The new name given to Jacob, one of the patriarchs, whose descendants would become the Jewish people. (2) The name “Israel” was then applied to the Jewish people as a whole when they took the form of a united country. (3) In about 930 B.C. Israel split into two, often warring nations. The northern country retained the name Israel, and had its capital city at Samaria. The southern country took the name Judah, with its capital at Jerusalem.

Syncretism – trying to reconcile or blend together various, often opposing or incompatible beliefs.

Syncretist – Someone who engages in syncretism.

Yahweh – The name of God revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH). Eventually the Jews ceased to use the name entirely, in part because the divine name was regarded as too holy to speak aloud or even to write in full. It was replaced vocally in synagogues by the use of the Hebrew word Adonai (My Lord) instead. Contemporary scholars have inserted the vowels “a” and “e” as their best estimation of how the word would have originally been pronounced.