th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
For Grace to Labor
Lord of the harvest, send us into your vineyard as faithful workers;
free us from all idleness and envy;
let your grace be sufficient for all who are weak.
The things, good Lord, that we pray for,
give us the grace to labor for;
The things that human labor cannot achieve
we ask you to provide by your grace alone,
until your kingdom is fully established on earth
as it is in heaven.
Feel Helpless, 2 Cor. 12:7-10; Mk 6: 1-6
(see excerpt below)
by James Chipps
No Home Court Advantage,
by Rev. Randy Quinn
Canít, God Can, II
by Rev. Dr. David Rogne
Risky Business, Mark 6:1-13
by Rev. Rick Thompson
Fit to be King, Fit for a King,
2 Samuel 5:1-5; 9-10
Strength in Weakness, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Getting to Know Jesus,
by jg in nj
Making Lemonade,,Mark 6:1-13,
When You Feel Helpless
2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6: 1-6
by James Chipps
Have you ever felt helpless? That sinking feeling that the world has gotten
too big, that events have pushed you down to snake-belly low? That you canít
get there from here? ∑ Journalist David Osborne certainly felt that way. He was
excited about the purchase of his new home at 58 Glebe Street in the suburbs of
Renovations were nearly complete, and he was due to move in
within a week. After work, he drove to his new address to check on some of the
final details. When Osborne arrived, he found a "what's wrong with this
picture" scenario beyond his ability to believe. His dream home had become
a nightmare. A huge crane with a wrecking ball towered over his property. Every
floor in the house had been removed. Thousands of dollars in renovation
materials including a valuable antique fireplace had been transformed into a
large pile of debris.
Standing in the rubble that was his home was New South
Wales Housing Minister Frank Walder. The Housing Minister offered this
explanation: "The contractor and demolition crew were told to go to 58
Glebe POINT ROAD, but instead went to 58 Glebe STREET." Oops! A minor
misunderstanding. Sorry about that.
Imagine that you are David Osborne
standing there peering at that mountain of rubble that was your home. How would
you feel? Angry, perhaps? Frustrated? Helpless? Some people have experienced
what it means to see a home destroyed--by floods, tornados, earthquake. But that
is not the only disaster that can leave us feeling desolate. A health crisis--a
tumor, or a stroke, or a heart attack, a divorce, the loss of a job, a business
failure. There are those events that happen in life which we are powerless to
avoid and with which we are helpless to contend.
St. Paul was one of the most influential men who ever lived. He was
courageous. He was brilliant. He was a man of unparalleled faith and
understanding. But he had a problem he could not conquer.
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