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Resources for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

The Universal Prayer

(Attributed to Pope Clement XI)

Lord, I believe in You: increase my faith.
I trust in You: strengthen my trust.
I love You: let me love You more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
 I worship You as my first beginning,
 I long for You as my last end,
I praise You as my constant helper,
and I call on You as my loving protector.
Guide me by Your wisdom, correct me with
Your justice, comfort me with Your mercy,
protect me with Your power. Amen.

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Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt

Family of God, Mark 3:20-35
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Picture this scene: Jesus is teaching the people, he’s involved in the work of the kingdom. The people had gathered to hear him teach. It was probably a gathering much like our worship service this morning.

When his mother and brothers arrived at the scene to see him, Jesus ignores them. Someone must have seen Jesus’ family arrive, or somehow his family got the attention of a person close to Jesus. Whatever may be the case, Jesus was informed of their arrival and his reaction is ….surprising, to say the least. Jesus exact words were: “My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."

What was that all about? Why did he not want to greet his family? It would have only taken a couple of minutes to greet them, he could have easily taken a break from teaching.

How can we understand what was happening here? Could it be that Jesus was embarrassed by his family?

I used to be embarrassed by my family..


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