We gave a survey to the congregation to find out their favorite verses in order to construct a summer sermon series. There was quite a range of passages. I will be working on these in June, July and August.
I have attached a document with all of the suggestions here – Favorite Verses.
I’d like to know if the readers of Fresh Read have favorites. It might be a good source of material for the blog. I have often found that it is worthwhile to study what we think we are most familiar with, and we discover how little we know.
First on the list is Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
This was the text at the first funeral I presided over as a pastoral intern. The man who died was not a regular part of the Chicago congregation, but received discreet financial assistance from time to time. I have learned by talking to other pastors, that in addition to the official church funds for benevolence, there is often an unofficial case load of people who just can’t quite make it at times on their limited incomes.
Sometimes God’s ever present help comes through his people, or strangers.