Resources for Pentecost +11
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Prayer of Confession
Almighty God, we confess that we are so often swept up in
the tide of our generation. We have failed in our calling to be your holy
people, a people set apart for your divine purpose. We live more in apathy
born of fatalism than in passion born of hope. We are moved more by private
ambition than by social justice. We dream more of privilege and benefits
than of service and sacrifice. We try to speak in your name, without
relinquishing our glories, without nourishing our souls, without relying
wholly on your grace.
Help us to make room in our heart and lives for you. Teach us to live in
the intricate balance between faith and works, between being and doing,
being nourished and serving others. Forgive us, revive us, and reshape us
in your image. Amen.
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If You Were There
Idea: Jesus has a message for each person in this story--and one final message
that is for all of them.
Imagine yourself as a character in this story. Go ahead, use your
There are four distinct characters. One of them is Jesus. You can't choose to
be Jesus--David Koresh and Jim Jones tried that and it didn't work out too well
for them or their followers.
That leaves three.
The first character is the woman who had been stooped over for eighteen
years. If you have had long troubles in your life, you may identify with her.
The second character is the leader of the synagogue. If you are annoyed that
people get healed on the day of rest, or if you are a stickler for the rules,
you cross every "T" and dot every "I", this may be the part you could play.
The last character is a person in the crowd who cheers and praises God when
Jesus heals the woman and shames the leader of the synagogue. If you are a
person who is excited when other people are blessed, if you like to praise God,
or if you long for the truth to be spoken and are thankful when it is, then this
could be you.
Everybody ready? Do you know which
character you are in the story? Good, because Jesus has a message for every
character in this story, and if you are identifying with one of these
characters, there is a message in it for you.
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