and Worship Resources
Sunday after Pentecost
A Prayer for Courage
Almighty God, who gives strength to the weak and upholds those who might fall, give me
courage to do what is right, for those that trust in you have no need to fear.
Make be brave to face any danger which may now threaten me. Give me the help that you
have promised to those who ask it, that I may overcome my fears and go bravely forward.
Fill me with courage, that nothing which is my duty to do, may be too hard for me. Let
me put my trust in your power and goodness.
Thank you my Lord. Amen.
- The Pumpkin Prayer
a children's sermon for the Sunday before Halloween
by Rev. Liz Curtis Higgs
- Get Real,
by Rev. F. Schaefer
Do As I Say and Not as I Do!
a sermon based on Matthew 23:1-12
by Rev. Elizabeth Ann Quick
I’ve not yet experienced
what it is like to be a parent, but I can tell you, from a child’s
perspective, that there’s not much greater joy than when you can catch
your parent doing something they’ve been telling you not
to do. All along, your parent tries to teach you something, like to
always tell the truth, or to stay away from alcohol, or to always clean
up messes, or to be a responsible driver. And then, you catch them in
the act – of going 80 on the thruway (in this I speak from personal
experience), or of telling a white lie. And you know, as a child, you’ve
got them right where you want them – your parents aren’t even doing
themselves what they’ve insisted you do! From a parents’ perspective of
course, the situation is a nightmare, and the best a parent can usually
come up with is to remind the child: Do as I say, and not as I
do! After all, parents know better, and in their wisdom, may have
some good reasons, though mysterious and unknown to children, for their
behavior. In reality, though, parents hopefully more often choose to
lead by example. The best way to teach someone and convince someone of
what is right is by living these behaviors ourselves. In the church, we
call this “practicing what we preach” and we call failure to practice
what we teach hypocrisy.
one of the topics Jesus frequently addressed in his teachings, and he
was most likely to bring up the topic when he was talking to or about
the religious leaders in the community – the Pharisees. The Pharisees
were scholars of the law, or the commandments. They interpreted the
commandments in the scriptures to see how they should be applied in
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