Resources for Pentecost +23
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Leader: We gather together as people of a evolving church,
People A church discovering new ways of faithfulness, new shapes of
ministry in a changing and challenging world.
Leader: We gather as people of an informing church,
People: A church striving to speak the truth in love and to proclaim
the love of God.
Leader: We gather as people of a transforming church,
People: A church listening for the creative Word and moving as the
Spirit gives understanding.
All: We give thanks for a God who loves His
church as we gather in worship.
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In God We Trust?
based on Luke 21:5-19
by Rev. Thomas Hall
you to help me out this morning? Take out a coin. Any coin will do. Now
what do you see under George Washington's chin, over Abe Lincoln's hair,
and in front of Jefferson's nose? No, it's not E pluribus Unum. If you
look closely, you'll find the words In God We Trust, etched. Those four
words mark all of our money-coin and greenbacks. In God we trust.
So there they are, the words "in God we trust" reminding us that there are some
things worth trusting in. What would happen if some Sunday morning, we would just tape a dollar
bill inside the bulletin under the "Preparation for Worship" and ask
worshipers to meditate on those four words during the prelude. Or maybe
when it came time for the sermon we could all just pullout our greens
and just read our money: in God we trust. In a sense that's what the
Good News of the Gospel is all about. Our faith in Jesus Christ enables
us to proclaim that in God do we truly trust, that those words-as well
as the stuff they're printed on are quite welcome here.
Of course, there are a lot of other places where we can place our
trust in today. Depending on who we're talking to, we are going to have
to change the words slightly to say-in job security we trust, in tenure
we trust, in 401 K's we trust, in human goodness we trust, in a strong
military we trust, in affirmative action we trust, in relationships we
trust, in Amway we trust, in Rush we trust, in our bodies we trust, in
Wall Street, and education we trust.
But suicide bombers and
bio-terrorism has made most of us down-size our "trust" list
considerably. Wall Streetís definitely off the list. Job security is
shaky. We canít even trust our delivered mail anymore. Most of us have
been around long enough to know that there isn't a government that's
republican enough, a friendship that lasts long enough, a Congress
that's bi-partisan enough, a job that's secure enough, a relationship
that's safe enough, a dollar that's stable enough, a courtroom that's
fair enough, a weight-loss program that's effective enough, or an
automobile that's satisfying enough for us to place our deepest trust in
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