Both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary meet up on June 9 at Pentecost – it’s the debut of summer! I always find Summer the perfect time to shake things up and try something else. So to jump start your creative minds, here is an optional summer sermon series on The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss?:
Week #1 Book: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Theme: Creatures come in all shapes and sizes and forms. Some have two feet, four feet, and eight feet. These creatures crawl, walk and swim. However they come, Jesus loves them all and their flaws.
Gospel Reading: John 17:20-25 (Jesus prays for all)
Hymn of the Day: All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small
Week #2 Book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Theme: How quick we are to turn up our noses to something new! We grumble and complain. Over what? Green eggs and ham? Jesus wants us to try and taste new things – things that might take us out of our comfort zones. Because what’s at stake is more important than your taste buds. It’s about doing a new thing for the sake of the neighbor.
Gospel Reading: [Isaiah 43:18-21 (doing a new thing)]; Matthew 9:14-17 (New wine skins)
Hymn of the Day: Canticle of the Turning
Week #3 Book: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss
Theme: Everyone needs a good friend or three. Dr. Seuss teaches us that we can find friends in the most unlikely places, and with Jesus, friends care for one another. His story teaches us that friends will do the most unlikely thing to help a fellow friend.
Gospel Reading: Luke 5:17-39 (Friends and a Roof Top)
Hymn of the Day: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Week #4 Book:Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Theme: “A fish in the tree? How can that be?” Dr. Seuss loved to create impossible situations. But that’s Jesus’ lived out specialty, and he pays the price for God’s people this time with a coin found in the mouth of a fish.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 17:24–27 (A Coin in the Mouth of a Fish)
Hymn of the Day: Amazing Grace
Week #5 Book: Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
Theme: Mr. Knox and Fox play tricks and games with rhyming words and alliteration. Nothing they do makes sense. Jesus performs miracles that don’t make much sense either, and he doesn’t even use magic or games! He just speaks miracles into reality.
Gospel Reading: John 2:1-11 (water into wine)
Hymn of the Day: Jesus Come, for We Invite You
The Gospel According to…? Johnny Cash? Bono? Who else? Leave your comments below to make a suggestion. Thank you!