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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Then Jesus asked, "Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Luke 17:17-18

Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 29:1,4-7
Psalm 66:1-12
2Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19



O God, our God, your world is a puzzlement to us. We pray our "give-me" prayers day after day and often fail to thank you. We are so like the nine lepers who failed to even give thanks for the cure they received. So now we turn from our selfishness and thank you for the challenges you have placed before us and for the power you have made available to us to deal with those challenges. May we be willing to seek your will and guidance in our lives.  Keep us ever mindful of your presence and grateful for your gifts. These things we ask in the strong name of Christ Jesus, your most precious gift to us. Amen.

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Sermon Excerpt:

10 Percent
Luke 17:11-19
Rev. Frank Schaefer

...Secondly, I love the fact that this one man returns to Jesus. He really teaches us all a lesson on what true thanksgiving and true loyalty looks like.

For saying thanks to somebody for something they have done is not just a matter of etiquette. It’s not just doing what is polite and expected. A genuine show of gratitude for something another person has done for us out of their compassion and generosity demands loyalty.

As you all know, I love history and, when it comes to the age of chivalry, I am a romantic. While I decry the injustice with which women were often treated as well as people of “lower” classes, I do like certain values that were important to people of that age, among others the concept of loyalty. If someone saved your life, you felt a loyalty to this person for the rest of your life. And one of the greatest joys would be if you could return the favor and save the life of that person.

Jesus expected some form of loyalty from these lepers, but only one of them returned. That’s 10 percent. Perhaps I have become a cynic, but perhaps that’s about what we can expect from human beings in terms of loyalty today: 10 percent.

What about us? I think it is pretty safe to say that we were all lepers at one point; people without purpose, people without hope, people without salvation, without God. We all were living a life of sin and destruction, without Godly values and dignity. We were living egotistical lives, not caring for our neighbor and we removed ourselves from God and from the communion with God's people.
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