Resources for Pentecost +16
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
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
for all Pentecost+19 resources
Who is Lazarus for us? Luke 16:19-31, HW in HI (see
Betting the Farm,
Jeremiah 32:1-15, by Rev. Randy Quinn
A Life Worth Living, Luke 16:19-31 and 1 Timothy 6:6-19
by Rev. Rick Thompson
Divine Dividend, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Betting on the
Future Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15, Thomas Hall
Trip or Trap? Luke 16:19-31, Thomas Hall
How Then Shall We
Live? Luke 16:19-31, anonymous
Lazarus Luke 16:19-31, Chuck in DC
Who is Lazarus for us?
HW in HI
Two thousand years ago, the color purple stood for something. Not
just anybody could wear purple. Purple dye was very hard to make, and
purple was only worn by royalty and very wealthy people. If you wore
purple, you were somebody.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us a story about somebody who wore
purple; people thought he was somebody. But not Jesus. Jesus doesn’t
even tell us his name. At his gate we see lying on the ground a very
poor, weak man. No one thinks he’s somebody. Except Jesus. Jesus tells
us his name: Lazarus. And that’s it. Then they both die, and everything
changes. Get it?
When we look at the story of Lazarus at the gate, it makes us
uncomfortable. We don’t want to be Lazarus, And I guess we don’t want to
wind up in hell. I think we are beginning to get it. The rich man saw Lazarus. We know he saw Lazarus. Once he got to
hell, he called Lazarus by name. But in this life, where he had power
and wealth, he ignored him. The rich man didn’t get it.
In his letter to Timothy, Paul said, “pursue righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.” Those are the words to
follow. If we ourselves choose to be righteous. If we ourselves choose
to be godly. If we choose faith. Love. Endurance. Then we set a course
that says to the world, “St. James’ is here, as a place to worship. And
we set a course that says to the world, “St. James’ is here to help. At
St. James’, we get it.” ...
Think about our friend the rich
man. History tells us that he probably had an excellent burial service,
and a fabulous gravesite. But Lazarus, poor Lazarus, maybe he was buried
in a Potter’s field, or worse. That’s where their bodies went...Subscribers:
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