Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
You, o LORD, are full of compassion and love. We turn to you, Shepherd of our soul.
Lead us to green pastures, we pray; teach us what is good and profitable in your sight. As
your Son has shown compassion to the people of Galilee, show also compassion to us.
Forgive our sins, cleanse us from all unrighteousness, heal our infirmities, and deliver
us from our trials.
We ask these things in the name of our Savior Jesus and through the power of the Holy
Spirit now and forevermore. Amen.
without a Shepherd
a children's sermon based on Mark 6:30
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
"...Jesus saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were
like sheep without a shepherd."
Good morning boys and girls. Today, I didn't bring anything to show you because you can
all help me with this children's sermon. I need you to pretend to be sheep. Now, who knows
anything about sheep? What do they sound like? What do they do? What do they eat? Are they
by themselves or in a group with other sheep? Who makes sure that all the sheep stay
together? (the shepherd).
In today's Bible reading we heard that Jesus felt sorry for the people because they
were like sheep without a shepherd
I need you to be sheep this morning. Can you walk on all fours and go
"baaaaaaaaaaah?" Ok. Here is what I need you to do: walk on all
fours in a perfect circle--one walking after the other going round in a
big circle. (Unless you have very organized kids, they will have
difficulty following this direction)...
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It Is For All People
by Rev. Wright
What is it like to be a stranger? I'd like you to think about a group you're part of
fairly regularly, a group in which you are different in some way from most of the other
people. Maybe you're the only woman on a planning team at work, the only girl in a
woodworking class, the only boy taking ballet, or the only man learning to quilt. Maybe
when all the relatives get together, you're the oldest one in the room. Maybe you're the
only white person in the group you're thinking of, or the only person of color. Maybe
you're the only one in the group who uses a wheelchair or who is visually impaired.
Have you thought of a group where you can say, "I'm the only one"? Now,
what's it like?
Several years ago I went to Liberia as part of an assessment team for The United
Methodist Church. UMCOR sent us there to see how the church might respond to the
tremendous humanitarian need after the civil war. As we visited some of the centers that
had been set up for those who had been displaced from their homes and villages, we noticed
people staring at us. These were schools, unfinished buildings and camps with grass huts
where literally thousands of people lived. As we walked through the children ran after us.
Finally someone said many of these children had never seen a white person. They shouted,
"Take a picture of me, white man." They wanted to pose with us for pictures.
They wanted us to squat down so they could feel our hair because it was not as curly or as
course as their own. In that setting I understood the feeling of being a stranger,
different from everyone else in my surroundings.
What was it like for our team to be so different from almost everyone else there? I was
lonely. If it hadn't been for the others on our team and the few people there that I knew
through other associations, it might have been unnerving. When the people spoke in their
tribal languages - as many of them did when speaking to one another - I couldn't
understand what they were saying. Regardless of the friendliness of the people, we were
strangers in the land, strangers in a different culture.
In biblical times, most people lived in small communities, places where the
presence of a stranger was as quickly noted as a White person in a Black culture....
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