Season after Pentecost, Proper 9, Year B, Old Testament
Scripture: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
The context for this week’s reading is complicated and confusing. It was not a straight line from graciously mourning Saul’s death – Saul who was sometimes an ally and often a foe – to accepting the peoples’ apparently unison cry for David to be their ruler. But that is where we find ourselves this week and especially for children perhaps it is best to focus on unity and a leader who unites.
David is heralded for uniting the Kingdom and ruling over it all. Through this, the people are reminded that they are “better together” as they face common enemies and present a united front. Everyone can benefit from a reminder of the importance of teamwork and community, as well as understanding of everyone has an important role to play. Today’s teamwork activities are designed to teach the value of living in community.