So the lectionary includes verses beyond those that I want to preach about (Hebrews 13:1-3, 15-16). I've been known to expand a lectionary passage, but it is rare (if ever) that I shorten one. I will admit that I'm cutting out the tough stuff, and that is making it hard for me to really do it. I'm leaving out the marriage and fornicating part not because I want to avoid having that converation in church, but because I don't want to have it now. I want to preach about the love and hospitality and sharing that is mentioned in other parts of this section and don't want folks to be distracted by the "sex" talk. Is that a cop out? I want to cut 4-8 and just use the rest of the lectionary passage. Not sure if I should yet, though.
I preached the Luke passage back in February, and I only just now noticed that we actually read then just these Hebrews verses that I'm thinking about for this week. Funny.
Anyway, I think I'll pair the Hebrews passage with the story of Abraham and Sarah from Genesis 18:1-8 to explain the allusion. I'd like to do my storytelling of the passage from memory with that reading since it's been almost 2 years since I've done that. I loved it, and apparently the congregtation did, too. I've had some folks ask about it. It's time to try again, especially since I'm doing more of my writing mid-week (or at least I did last week and plan to tomorrow for this week). I have time to do the memorization this way.
OK, confession time. What I really want to preach is this video.
It's a longer video than I usually show, so maybe a change of style is what I have to do to fit it and my preaching of it and the Scripture into the service. A little change is OK, right? That's what I'm telling everyone else!