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7th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

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Texts & Discussions:

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and
Psalm 24 or
Amos 7:7-15 and
Psalm 85:8-13
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29


Blessing Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14)

Let us bless the living Christ:
He was born of the Virgin Mary
Revealed in his glory
Worshipped by angels
Proclaimed among the nations
Believed in throughout the world
Exalted to the highest heavens.
Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation
Now and for ever. Amen.




Children's Message

Sermon Excerpt

Being a Prophet
based on Mark 6:14-29; Amos 7:7-15
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz

            What does it mean to be a prophet?  What does it mean to prophesy?  What does it mean for a prophecy to be fulfilled?

            John the Baptist is generally understood to be a prophet.  I know he didn’t call himself a prophet, but most people agree that that’s pretty much what he was.

            And what did he do, that makes his identity as a prophet so clear?  Well, he was the forerunner of Christ.  His first quoted words in Mark’s gospel are, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me.” (Mark 1:7)  He proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 1:4)  In Matthew’s gospel he’s telling off the religious leaders who came to be baptized, basically telling them to change their ways or else they’ll seriously regret it. (Matthew 3:7-10)  He’s doing all this even as Jesus himself arrives for his own baptism.  And not only did John condemn the religious leaders for their actions, today’s gospel lesson tells us he also condemned a king for his actions.

            So John was a guy who got right in people’s faces, getting into their private business and publicly rejecting the things that were common practices in his day, because they were against the will of God.  And how did John know what was and was not the will of God?  What gave him the right? 

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