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St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36-37


Scripture Lessons:

Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37




Call to Worship
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

L:   Like a father carries his children, like a shepherd leads his flock,
P:  So does the Lord love and care for his people.
L:  As high as the heaven extends from the earth, as deep as the ocean reaches into the earth's womb,
P: So does the Almighty reach out to our very hearts and embraces us as his beloved children.
L: Come, let us welcome God in our midst, let us worship our Father in Heaven!

Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

We Need Each Other
based on Luke 10:25-37
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

We are probably all very very familiar with this parable and I think we all have had experiences in our life when we actually had a good Samaritan help us or when we turned into a good Samaritan. Not too long ago my wife and I went on a trip, last summer actually, to Morrow Beach on our little motorcycle. I knew I didn't have a whole lot of gas in my tank left but i didn't realize that there wasn't going to be a gas station for 45 miles once I got on 101.

So we got stranded and here we were by the roadside, cars passing, it was really hot. I remember thinking: well, we just have to walk 12 miles to Lompoc. OK, we’ve got to do what we've got to do. At least, we get our exercise. But wouldn’t you know that a truck stopped and an extremely nice person, his name was Billy, took us back to his farm, got a gas canister, and filled our tank so we could reach the next gas station. I wanted to give him a $20 bill, but he didn't want to accept that. Can you believe it? He did not want money and all I could say was "thank you!" And that day as we continued to Morrow Beach I had to think about Billy and how much of a good Samaritan Billy was.

And I'm sure that most of us here have had an experience like that. Or maybe you have stopped at the side of the road when somebody had trouble or you helped out a neighbor when they were in a pinch. I think these stories are really inspiring us!

Well, this morning we hear this amazing parable that Jesus shared, but I think it's important for us to understand the context of it. Once again, the scribes and the lawyers tried to put Jesus to the test, to see if they could poke holes into his theology. When asked about the most important law, he identified it as the love for God and love for neighbor. But then something interesting happens. One of the scribes wasn’t thinking when he asked Jesus a follow up question: who exactly should we consider our neighbor? Jesus answers the question with a parable and by doing so he really turns the tables and put the scribes to the test.

He picks as the hero for his the story a person that he knew was most despised in Jewish community, especially among the religious leaders ....Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more


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