Friday, January 02, 2009

Sermon on the Mall

Obama's inauguration may be the subject of sermons and The Library of Congress wants to archive them for posterity. An AP report stated:

The library's American Folklife Center is soliciting churches, synagogues, mosques and others for copies of sermons or passionate speeches that focus on the significance of the Jan. 20 inauguration of Obama as the country's first black president.

The "Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project" marks the first time the library has gathered this sort of material from a U.S. presidential inauguration.

This seems rather odd. Does Karl Rove need material to use against Barack in 2012? Will Reverend Wright be true to form? How does the lectionary fit?

Epiphany 2
Jan 14-20

Psalm: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 11-20
Gospel: John 1:43-51
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael with "Follow me."
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Epiphany 3
Jan 21-27

Psalm: Psalm 62:5-12
Old Testament: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
The Calling of the First Disciples
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The New Testament readings center around recognizing the annointed one and followership. That certainly fits with a new Presidency. However, I never thought the Library of Congress would solicit copies of sermons on an inauguration. It seems so theocratic.

Stay tuned for the Sermon on the Mall....

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