Rich and Poor are Alike

Proper 18, Year B, Old Testament Lesson

Scripture: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Old Testament reading today is the first of three in the Book of Proverbs. This section of Proverbs allows us to be mindful of how we treat others. We are asked to not be unjust to the poor or to crush the afflicted. This also means that we should not give preferential treatment to those that are wealthy. God is seen as the great defender of the poor and afflicted and being unkind to these groups of people would bring us in opposition to God.

Many people in our world have forgotten what the poor and afflicted are going through. God wants us to treat the poor and afflicted in a kind way, and to also be helpful to them. Finding things that are in common between the rich and the poor are important to help us bridge the gap that currently exists in our two-tier society.

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LPTW Proper 18, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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A Call to Love

Season after Pentecost, Proper 17, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:8-13

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

We do not hear from this book of the Bible very often. It is filled with love songs, some of them erotic. This passage describes a time of renewal and issues an invitation to love. We can read this as an invitation to enjoy the Reign of God already present through loving and serving God, to experience the harmony of nature and relationships in this realm, and to explore the goodness God promises and its similarity to the land of Eden at Creation. Tradition suggests that this was written by King Solomon.

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LPTW Proper 17, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Solomon Dedicates the Temple

Season after Pentecost, Proper 16, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: I Kings 8: 22-30, 41-43

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

Solomon is remembered for building the Temple and for his prayerful dedication of it to God. We are reminded of the importance of sacred space even as we know that God is with us everywhere.

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LPTW Proper 16, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Solomon Asks for Wisdom

Season after Pentecost, Proper 15, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

As we move from King David’s reign to King Solomon’s, we see that Solomon had different gifts, tasks and leadership style. Each man sought to serve God, each in his own way.

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LPTW Proper 15, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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The Lord is My Shepherd

Season after Pentecost, Proper 14, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: (Appointed: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33) Psalm 23

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

The lesson appointed for this day tells of David’s son, Absalom, dying and of David’s grief. Since this is not appropriate for a children’s lesson, we focus on Psalm 23 instead.

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LPTW Proper 14, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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Nathan Confronts David

Season after Pentecost, Proper 13, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a (adapted)

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

This week’s lesson is the teaching of David’s poor judgment from last week’s appointed text – taking Bathsheba as his own and sending Her husband to die in battle. We do not need to go into detail regarding this particular account of David’s foolishness. But we can still hear Nathan’s parable and understand that even the great King David made mistakes and acted in his own interest instead of being faithful to God and the people in his care.

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LPTW Proper 13, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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David Served God

Season after Pentecost, Proper 12, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: (2 Samuel 11:1-15)

(Since this story is inappropriate for children, we suggest an overview of David as leader for this week.)

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

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LPTW Proper 12, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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God Promises David an Important Place in History

Season after Pentecost, Proper 11, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

David wants to build a temple for the Ark of the Covenant. God tells David that establishing his legacy is more important. God promises that David’s lineage will enjoy special favor with God.

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LPTW Proper 11, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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The Ark to Jerusalem

Season after Pentecost, Proper 10, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19

We continue to remember Israel’s leaders and how they strived to serve God. Each had their own challenges and gifts. The need for faithful leadership continues today and we seek wisdom from how these leaders sought the welfare of their people and showed their devotion to God.

The emphasis is on celebration of our relationship with God. David brings the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, thus making this important city a religious center as well as a political one. The Ark of the Covenant represented the people’s relationship with God. David as king wants to do what is right for the people and in God’s eyes. Most of the time he succeeds. Part of the celebration is sharing food with everyone. We celebrate in community.

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LPTW Proper 10, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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David Is Anointed King of All Israel

Season after Pentecost, Proper 9, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

The context for this week’s reading is complicated and confusing. It was not a straight line from graciously mourning Saul’s death – Saul who was sometimes an ally and often a foe – to accepting the peoples’ apparently unison cry for David to be their ruler. But that is where we find ourselves this week and especially for children perhaps it is best to focus on unity and a leader who unites.

David is heralded for uniting the Kingdom and ruling over it all. Through this, the people are reminded that they are “better together” as they face common enemies and present a united front. Everyone can benefit from a reminder of the importance of teamwork and community, as well as understanding of everyone has an important role to play. Today’s teamwork activities are designed to teach the value of living in community.

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LPTW Proper 9, Year B, Younger Children, Old Testament
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