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Just a Little Bit Kinder: August's Bread for the Preacher

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Did you know that each month the church relations department at Bread for the World produces a resource specifically for pastors? Whether you are searching for inspiration for a sermon you're writing, or just a lectionary enthusiast, Bread for the Preacher is for you.

After reading this introduction, explore this month’s readings on the Bread for the Preacher web page, where you can also sign up to have the resource emailed to you each month.

By Rev. Gary Cook

My colleagues tell me that a recent study concludes that those who meditate regularly tend to be a little kinder and a little more attentive to those in need. I'm hoping members of Congress will find time for regular meditation during their August recess. Perhaps some of them will also benefit from a few good sermons while back in their home districts.

The August lectionary texts challenge us to meditate on our beliefs, words, and actions. Do we put our trust in power and wealth instead of in the promise of God’s unfailing grace? Do we wield faith as a weapon against those who differ from us in ideology, ethnicity, or nationality? Following Jesus’ example, do we place mercy and justice for the poor and disenfranchised at the center of our spiritual reflection? The texts provide rich opportunities for helping our congregations move into deeper awareness of the world’s needs, and into ever more faithful discipleship.

I pray that your August preaching evokes such reflection and meditation. Wouldn’t it be great if we all came back in September just a little bit kinder?

Rev. Gary Cook is director of church relations at Bread for the World.

 

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