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
How Then Shall We, the
Live? Luke 16:19-31
Divine Dividend, 1 Timothy 6:6-19
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Who is Lazarus for us? Luke 16:19-31, HW in HI
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
Betting on the
Future Jeremiah 32:1-3a,6-15, Thomas Hall
Trip or Trap? Luke 16:19-31, Thomas Hall
Lazarus Luke 16:19-31, Chuck in DC
How Then Shall We, the
...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
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