August 2018

Greetings in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

Are you aware that the semi-continuous readings this year in August come to us from 2nd Samuel and 1st Kings? Semi-continuous readings are typically a set of readings which continue or follow certain biblical accounts on a weekly basis. If you're looking for some interesting bible reading for the remainder of the summer, you may want to venture into the semi-continuous readings. Each reading below is accompanied by a prayer using the Psalms.

For the first week in August we begin with the story of King David and Nathan and Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah. If you'd like to read through it, it can be found in 2nd Samuel 11:26-12:13a
What is interesting about this story is King David's deception and the part that Nathan, a prophet, plays as he comes upon the scene to "straighten out David's act" against Bathsheba and her spouse, Uriah. In David's lusting for Bathsheba, he has her brought to him when he knows Uriah is away with the army. Here's where this story gets ugly. Whatever the King wants, he gets; and he wanted Bathsheba after seeing her bathing on her roof top! You'll need to read it all to hear the whole story; no spoiler alert here. Close your reading with a prayer using Psalm 51:1-12.

The second week in August brings us into the biblical account of King David and Absalom, one of his sons: 2nd Samuel 18:5-9, 15,
31-33

Here we get an inside look at the dysfunction of the King's family. Read all about the betrayal of a son to his father, the king, and the father whose primary concern is not the betrayal, but the well-being of his son! You may want to close this reading with another prayer by reading Psalm 130.

The third week in August allows us to see inside the mind of another one of David's sons, Solomon: 1st Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Solomon is in line to be the successor to King David, but Solomon is noticeably disturbed about taking on this title and all its responsibilities. Read about what Solomon does after his father's death and his concerns about his ability to fill his father's "shoes." The closing prayer for this reading is Psalm 111.

Finally, in the last week of August, our semi-continuous reading introduces us to the "Prayer of Solomon" 1st Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11,
22-30, 41-43

King Solomon prays at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem and for the promises of God made to his father, David. What were these promises? What else did Solomon pray for in the midst of the gathered assembly? This reading may be paired with Psalm 84.

(Reference: sundaysandseasons/augsburgfortress, 2018 ed.)

Dear Friends, in the busyness of our lives, while on vacation, or wherever you find yourself in these dog days of summer, I hope you enjoy yourself. I also hope you'll enjoy what I will call this "mini Bible study" that you can do with a small group or in solitude. I'm hoping to engage the texts much more deeply on a summer evening in August on our backyard deck overlooking nature in all its splendor with my citronella torches and candles lit! (After all, I never said there wouldn't be bugs!)

Find your place of relaxation and engage! Happy reading!

The Reverend Nancy L. Moore,
Pastor


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