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Resources for Pentecost +16
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.   Luke 16:25


Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15
Psalm 91:1-6,14-16
1Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

 

 


Responsive Call to Worship

L: We worship the God who inhabits our world and who dwells in our lives.
P: We need not look up to find God, we need only look around, within ourselves, beyond ourselves, and in the eyes of another.
L: We need not listen for distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the rhythm of a heart beat.
P: We worship the God who inhabits our world and who faithfully dwells in our lives.

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Who is Lazarus for us?
Luke 16:19-31
HW in HI

Two thousand years ago, the color purple stood for something. Not just anybody could wear purple. Purple dye was very hard to make, and purple was only worn by royalty and very wealthy people. If you wore purple, you were somebody.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us a story about somebody who wore purple; people thought he was somebody. But not Jesus. Jesus doesn’t even tell us his name. At his gate we see lying on the ground a very poor, weak man. No one thinks he’s somebody. Except Jesus. Jesus tells us his name: Lazarus. And that’s it. Then they both die, and everything changes. Get it?

When we look at the story of Lazarus at the gate, it makes us uncomfortable. We don’t want to be Lazarus, And I guess we don’t want to wind up in hell. I think we are beginning to get it. The rich man saw Lazarus. We know he saw Lazarus. Once he got to hell, he called Lazarus by name. But in this life, where he had power and wealth, he ignored him. The rich man didn’t get it.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul said, “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.” Those are the words to follow. If we ourselves choose to be righteous. If we ourselves choose to be godly. If we choose faith. Love. Endurance. Then we set a course that says to the world, “St. James’ is here, as a place to worship. And we set a course that says to the world, “St. James’ is here to help. At St. James’, we get it.” ...

Think about our friend the rich man. History tells us that he probably had an excellent burial service, and a fabulous gravesite. But Lazarus, poor Lazarus, maybe he was buried in a Potter’s field, or worse. That’s where their bodies went...Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more

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