Summertime OT Series
For the last few weeks I’ve been asking our folks in worship to let me know which OT book they’d like to hear a series on. There’s been a smattering of responses – Genesis, Esther, Psalms – but it looks like Daniel is the one most requested.
So starting in June we’ll have a series on Daniel which I expect to run through the summer (with some Sundays off for 150th Anniversary guest preachers and a couple of Sundays when I’m out of town). Right now I’m thinking that instead of 3 scripture readings on Sunday, we’ll have a responsive psalm, then one somewhat longer reading from Daniel. The entirety of chapter 1 for example. I’d like us to get further into the book than little snippets here and there. Plus, the first half of the book consists of stories (the lion’s den, the fiery furnace, etc.) and I don’t see how we can do justice to these stories without reading them in their entirety. Same with the second half of Daniel, which consists of apocalyptic visions.
Of course I want to encourage people to read Daniel in its entirety – it’s not that long, just 12 chapters. But what else can we do to immerse people and encourage them to study? E.g.
- have the text printed in the bulletin
- encourage people to bring their Bibles and follow along in the reading and preaching
- have a “Daniel memorization” contest for the youth
- publish “Daniel trivia” – e.g. common phrases that come from Daniel, like “feet of clay” and “the handwriting’s on the wall”
- have a real lion on church on Sunday – what an idea, we’re facing real danger not just little annoying kitties…
Your thoughts, ideas and comments would be appreciated!