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Resources for Pentecost +22
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive."  

Luke 20:38   .

Scripture Lessons:

Haggai 1:15b-2:9 or
Job 19:23-27a
Psalm 145:1-5,13-17
2Thessalonians 2:1-5
Luke 20:27-38



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:

Imagining the Resurrected Life
based on Luke 20:27-38
by Rev. Karen Goltz

I am actually married to the eldest of seven siblings. Granted, two of them are sisters, not brothers, but I canít even begin to imagine what it would be like to be passed down the line in the unfortunate event of my husbandís untimely death. But according to the law of Moses, if my husband died and left me childless, thatís exactly what would happen. Never mind that two of his brothers already have wives and children of their own; in that patriarchal society where women had no legal standing of their own and needed to be under the protection of their fathers, husbands, or sons, this was the solution to provide for a childless widow.

Sounds delightful for us women, doesnít it?

Levirate marriage, as it is called, was established for two reasons: to maintain the line and inheritance of the deceased husband, and to protect the widow from destitution. Since women couldnít own property or enter into contractual agreements, the intent was to make sure someone would be there to provide for them. If their husbands died without leaving them a son to care for them, it was the closest male kinís responsibility to marry her, provide for her financially, and give her a son in her first husbandís name. The closest male kin was usually a brother, but sometimes it was a more distant cousin or uncle or something....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more


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