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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Call to Worship:
L: God does not hold the past against us.
P: His compassions are new every morning.
L: Give praise to God, for he is slow to anger and rich in mercy.
P: His faithfulness extends to all generations.
L: Come, let us worship God!
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A House Divided, A World
Rev. Karen Goltz
Sing with me.
Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him
belong, they are weak but he is strong. Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!
[Forcefully] I came to bring
fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! Do you think that I
have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division! From
now on households will be divided! Families will split into warring factions,
fighting amongst themselves! And you think you can interpret signs because you
can predict the weather, but you can’t even see what’s right in front of you!
You’re all a bunch of hypocrites! [Pause]
Shall we sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’ again?
It’s hard to reconcile today’s gospel
lesson to the song many of us learned in Sunday school. Where’s the love? We can
see the strength, but where is the love? How does this mesh up with the guy
that, when he was born, angels sang ‘peace on earth’ in the sky?
During my internship year, I was part of a
Lenten Round Robin with several other area pastors. Our theme was “fruits of the
Spirit,” and each of us selected a ‘fruit’ that we would preach on each
Wednesday night during Lent at one of the other pastor’s churches. The ‘fruit’
I’d selected was peace. That turned out to be a challenging choice, because the
first Wednesday of Lent, the first Wednesday I was preaching my sermon on peace,
was the night in 2003 that we declared war and launched missiles into Iraq.
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