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7th 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. Amen.




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Sermon Excerpt

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 Sydney, Australia.

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..... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript


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