“Losing Your Head for God” (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29) Sunday, June 3, 2018
Call to Worship
L: After God’s victory over Pharaoh and his army, Miriam and all the women danced.
P: Let us praise God with music of timbrel and harp!
L: After David’s victory over Goliath, all the women of Israel danced for joy.
P: Let us praise God with music of tambourines and castanets!
U: After Christ’s victory over sin and death, mourning has been turned into dancing and all creation has been clothed in joy!
Scripture (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29)
Our first reading comes from Second Samuel.
1David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim.
3They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart
4with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.
5David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.
12So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing;
13and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
14David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod.
15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord.
18When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts,
19and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.
Our second reading comes from the good news of Christ according to Mark.
14King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.”
15But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.”
16But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
17For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her.
18For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
19And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not,
20for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him.
21But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee.
22When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.”
23And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.”
24She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.”
25Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
26The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her.
27Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison,
28brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother.
29When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.
@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Losing Your Head for God” (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Mark 6:14-29) Sunday, June 3, 2018