Resources for Pentecost +14
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Closing Prayer (traditional Navaho)
Before us it is blessed, behind us it is blessed
below us it is blessed, above us it is blessed,
around us it is blessed as we set out with Christ.
Our speech is blessed as we set out for God.
With beauty before us, with beauty behind us,
with beauty below us, with beauty above us,
with beauty around us, we set out for a holy place indeed.
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Looking for Whom?
a sermon based on Luke 15:1-10
by Rev. Randy Quinn
Two weeks ago I said I
was going to ask you to start wearing your nametags. I gave some good
reasons for doing that and said Iíd start wearing mine, too. Later that
week, you received the Sundial in which I again encouraged you to wear
nametags. I said Iíd be wearing one when you came to church.
Well, last Sunday I went looking for my nametag.
But I couldnít find it last Sunday.
I looked frantically. I searched the most likely places. I looked in
less likely places. I even looked in places I know I wouldnít put my
nametag. I finally gave up and used a stick-on nametag.
This week I went looking again. But this time I was a little more
methodical in my search. I began in my office. Slowly but surely looking
in every drawer, every cabinet, and behind every stack of things. When I
couldnít find it there, I started to look at home. First in the obvious
and likely places. Then the less likely places.
I still canít find it. I
And Iím pretty convinced itís either been thrown away or is
in a box we havenít unpacked yet.
So Iím using a stick-on nametag again today.
Weíve all lost things before. Some were misplaced, some were
accidentally set down, some were dropped unknowingly. Some end up in
"lost and found" boxes in places we donít even remember going to. Then
there are the things that end up in our coat pockets that we find weeks,
months, even years later!
Because we have all lost things, we know all about the emotions that
Jesus is describing in these two short parables. We know about the
frantic search that doesnít end until what was lost is found. And when
we find whatís been lost, we know about the joy that fills our lives and
our tendency to go and tell everyone about it.
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