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Resources for Pentecost +16
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.   Luke 16:25

Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15
Psalm 91:1-6,14-16
1Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31



Responsive Call to Worship

L: We worship the God who inhabits our world and who dwells in our lives.
P: We need not look up to find God, we need only look around, within ourselves, beyond ourselves, and in the eyes of another.
L: We need not listen for distant thunder to find God, we need only listen to the music of life, the words of children, the rhythm of a heart beat.
P: We worship the God who inhabits our world and who faithfully dwells in our lives.

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Children's Messages



Sermon Excerpt

How Then Shall We, the Rich Live?
Luke 16:19-31


...The amazing thing is that Jesus names Lazarus. We would expect him to name the rich man. We admire the rich. Who wants to be a poor beggar lying in someone's doorway, begging for crumbs while dogs lick your sores? It was the assumption in Jesus's day that the rich were rich because God had blessed them for some great thing they had done. The poor were poor because they wanted to be, or because they had sinned against God. In this parable however, it is the rich man who ends up in Hades, paying for his sin. Can you imagine how surprised the rich man was to discover himself in Hell? He surely would have demanded the Grand Jury's definition of sin, for he had never committed a crime that he could see. He ate well, dressed well, lived well. But was that a sin? Why Hell? He did nothing.

And that's the point. By doing nothing in the face of such great need, he reduced Lazarus to an object. His sin was not that he was rich. His sin was his indifference to Lazarus. His attitude toward the poor man even in the afterlife did not change (he wanted Lazarus to be sent to him as a servant to help him out, and then to be sent to his brothers to warn them). The rich man shows no regret for how his indifference affected Lazarus when both were alive, only for how the reversal in the afterlife has affected him. The rich man had the power to do something, yet he chose to do nothing...

...When I was in third grade, we lived in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. I remember getting off the school bus one day and seeing the colored kids' school bus go by on the highway. I wondered where those kids went to school. That was the way it was. People of color had different schools, different bathrooms, different drinking fountains, they sat in the back of the bus. It never occurred to me that things could be, or should be, any different. I didn't know any people of color because they didn't go the places I went. I didn't know that I didn't go the places they went. Then the sixties came, and the people of color started saying "this is not right," as did some white people. Still, for many people, those changes were an assault on the natural order of things. It was as though people were trying to change the sunrise to the evening, or the harvest to springtime. No one had ever considered the possibility that things might be, could be, should be, different. We weren't indifferent. We didn't even notice. The rich man didn't even notice here for the full sermon and more