Lesson 6: July 9, 2017

Isaiah in the Temple: Isaiah 6: 1-8


Teaching Strategy: Invite volunteers to share stories of times they have felt called by God to do something, perhaps something they – like Isaiah – felt unworthy or unqualified to do, and how they responded. Then invite participants to create a list of ministries in their congregation or community that are currently not being done, including opportunities to serve others and/or work for justice. Ask them to consider how God’s call to such ministries, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” might be experienced today, and what would motivate or enable them to answer God’s call with a yes, “Here am I, send me.”

Isaiah responded to the appearance of the Lord saying “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (v. 5). One of the seraphs then touched Isaiah’s mouth with a live coal taken from the altar and said to Isaiah, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out” (v. 7). When the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah was able to respond, “Here am I; send me!” (v. 8).

Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call

Unifying Principle: Unexpected circumstances can lead us into paths we don’t anticipate. Where do we gain confidence to undertake these unexpected tasks? Isaiah’s confidence came from the unusual and compelling events of his call.


Posted on: July 4, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing