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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Which of these three, do you
think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the
robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to
him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-37
Call to Worship
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
L: Like a father carries his children, like a shepherd leads his flock,
P: So does the Lord love and care for his people.
L: As high as the heaven extends from the earth, as deep as the ocean reaches
into the earth's womb,
P: So does the Almighty reach out to our very hearts and embraces us
as his beloved children.
L: Come, let us welcome God in our midst, let us worship our Father in Heaven!
We Need Each Other
based on Luke 10:25-37
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
We are probably all very very familiar
with this parable and I think we all have had experiences in our life when we
actually had a good Samaritan help us or when we turned into a good Samaritan.
Not too long ago my wife and I went on a trip, last summer actually, to Morrow
Beach on our little motorcycle. I knew I didn't have a whole lot of gas in my
tank left but i didn't realize that there wasn't going to be a gas station for
45 miles once I got on 101.
So we got stranded
and here we were by the roadside, cars passing, it was really hot. I remember
thinking: well, we just have to walk 12 miles to Lompoc. OK, we’ve got to do
what we've got to do. At least, we get our exercise. But wouldn’t you know that
a truck stopped and an extremely nice person, his name was Billy, took us back
to his farm, got a gas canister, and filled our tank so we could reach the next
gas station. I wanted to give him a $20 bill, but he didn't want to accept that.
Can you believe it? He did not want money and all I could say was "thank you!"
And that day as we continued to Morrow Beach I had to think about Billy and how
much of a good Samaritan Billy was.
And I'm sure that
most of us here have had an experience like that. Or maybe you have stopped at
the side of the road when somebody had trouble or you helped out a neighbor when
they were in a pinch. I think these stories are really inspiring us!
Well, this morning
we hear this amazing parable that Jesus shared, but I think it's important for
us to understand the context of it. Once again, the scribes and the lawyers
tried to put Jesus to the test, to see if they could poke holes into his
theology. When asked about the most important law, he identified it as the love
for God and love for neighbor. But then something interesting happens. One of
the scribes wasn’t thinking when he asked Jesus a follow up question: who
exactly should we consider our neighbor? Jesus answers the question with a
parable and by doing so he really turns the tables and put the scribes to the
He picks as the hero
for his the story a person that he knew was most despised in Jewish community,
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