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Sermon and Worship Resources
11th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon and Worship Resources

Texts & Discussion:
Genesis 45:1-15
Psalm 133
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28


This Week's Themes:
Inclusive Faith / Mercy
God's Truth vs. Tradition

Reconciliation and Unity


Benediction: Blessings Upon You (adapted from a prayer by Margaret A. Davidson)

Blessings upon you, upon those you love
and those you shall never know.

Blessings upon your steps
and upon the vision of your eyes.

Blessings upon you in all circumstances;
joy and sorrow, for wisdom rests in them,
twin experiences with different faces.

Blessings be upon what lies before you,
the challenges and decisions,
the pain and the relief.

Blessings upon you, my friends in Christ.




Children's Messages:

Who Let the Dogs In?
based on Matthew 15:10-28
by Rev. Randy Quinn

I donít know about you, but this is one of those passages of scripture that I find difficult to read, let alone to understand.  And the more I have studied it and researched it, the more difficult it has become.

Reading it reminds me of the woman who was in a Bible Study several years ago.  When she read the story of Tamar in Genesis 38, she shrieked as she slammed her Bible shut, ďWho put that in my Bible?!Ē  (Iíll let you look it up and see what was so offensive.

One part of todayís text in particular is difficult for me to hear.  You all know the derogatory way the name of a female dog is used to speak about another person?  Jesus essentially says that to this woman Ė simply because she is not one of Godís chosen people (Mt. 15:24, 26).  If that doesnít offend you at some level, then maybe you didnít hear me.  Jesus is calling her a name Ė a derogatory name based on the commonly used word for a female dog.  Itís a word I wonít even say in church.

I guess the best thing that can be said about his response is that the first time she spoke to him, Jesus kept silent Ė as in ďif you canít say anything nice, donít say anything at allĒ (Mt. 15:23).

My grandmother would have been proud (with intended sarcasm).

I donít know about you, but that picture of Jesus is foreign to me.

Certainly, there were cultural and religious boundaries.  Jesus undoubtedly knew about those when he chose to go into the region of Sidon and Tyre.  This was foreign territory.  He should expect to see foreigners there.


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