Sunday 19th August 2018
13th Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

(Alternatives: Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:9-14)

Two key workplace themes emerge from todayís Old Testament reading ; the first is that Solomon serves as a representative of all those individuals, whether royalty or politicians, who have leadership responsibility in society. Solomonís quest for wisdom serves as a reminder that all who hold public office should seek to rule with wisdom and justice. So a congregation might pray for all those in authority and reflect on how each of us are called to live as responsible citizens. We might also remember those in our own and other armed forces who are seeking to establish and maintain authorities of justice and peace.

In more general terms, Solomonís reaction to Godís invitation, and indeed the wisdom poem of Proverbs serve as a reminder that there are many roles and occupations in which individuals need significant wisdom and understanding. This might lead a congregation to reflect on the decisions that they might have to make in the course of their working week, or indeed those whose decisions will affect them. Particularly in the present economic uncertainties, prayers for God-seeking wisdom are a vital ingredient in the world of business, commerce and statutory governance.