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Resources for Pentecost +2
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

"I tell you, not even in Israel
have I found such faith."

Luke 7:9

 

 


Call to Worship (based on Psalm 96)

L: Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
P: Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.
L: Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.
P: Say among the nations, "The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity."
ALL; Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it.

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Sermons

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Children's Message

Be a Stand-In
based on Luke 7:1-10
Rev. Frank Schaefer

Excerpt:  Today's gospel story is amazing. Usually when people were sick and they wanted Jesus to heal them, they went to see Jesus. They came to where he was preaching and asked him: "can you heal my disease?" Did Jesus always do that? Did he always heal people that asked him for a healing?  YES, absolutely. He always did!

Now, today's story is a bit different. For the person who was sick, did not come to Jesus. Somebody else, actually the person's boss, went to ask Jesus to heal him.

I don't know if the servant was too sick to go to Jesus himself, we don't even know whether the sick servant actually knew about his boss going to Jesus to ask for a healing for him. He must have been a really good servant for his boss to go and ask Jesus to pray for him to get well....... . .  Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript.
    


Sermon Excerpt

On Top of Mount Carmel
1 Kings 18:20-39
by Rev. Randy Quinn

This story about Elijah might seem a little ďover the top,Ē but Iím sure itís happened to you before. I know itís happened to me! Someone asks me a fairly innocuous question and I respond without thinking, only to realize it was intended as bait. The person asking the question was waiting for me to commit to something so they can argue with me. Has that ever happened to you? The person launches into a diatribe and Iím caught without a good answer....

...Most of the time, the people are not asking for information to help them make a decision. Rather, they are looking for someone with whom to spar, someone who disagrees with a position they have already taken and want to make a mockery of all other stances.

Each time it has happened Iíve wished I had a 30 second sound-bite or a bumper sticker phrase I could pull out to silence my potential adversary. Unfortunately Iím not very good at thinking on my feet; sometimes I come up with a good response the next day Ė but that is long after they have left the room.

If I canít have a show-down like Elijah did, at least wish I had a thought-provoking response. But more importantly, I want the person who is asking to know that I value their opinion, even if they donít value or are afraid to listen to mine.

Showdowns donít solve problems. In the next few chapters we learn that the people still went after their own gods. They still reject the God of Israel. In fact, they persecute Elijah for making them look like the fools!...Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript.

 

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A Controversial Healing
based on Luke 7:1-10
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Many of us are familiar with this story from Sunday school days. Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. This story is actually recorded in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. When The centurion made his plea for his servant, Jesus had compassion for him and his slave and said he was willing to come to his house, though he apparently lived quite a distance away. It's absolutely remarkable that Jesus is actually willing to do this in light of the source of the request. The centurion is not only part of the occupying force he is an officer. Jesus truly practiced what he preached. He loved the enemy, he never turned anybody in need away.

What's also pretty remarkable is that the centurion could have had the most sought-after teacher and healer of the time come to his house. But he said there was no need for Jesus to come to his house. Perhaps he didn't want to trouble Jesus unnecessarily. Or maybe he was embarrassed about inviting Jesus into his house. We don't know. But apparently, this centurion truly believed that if Jesus simply spoke the word, his servant would be healed--long-distance. And Jesus was amazed at the centurion's faith and his servant was reported to be healed.

This is not your ordinary miracle story. This story is not only remarkable for the facts I already mentioned, it is also remarkable because there is a real possibility that the centurion and his ďslaveĒ were actually a homosexual couple . . .  Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript.
    

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