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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (cycle a)
Proper 9 (14)

Independence Day (USA)

Texts & Discussion:

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:10-17
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


Other DPS Resources:

Matthew Henry,    Wesley
Word Study: Robertson

This Week's Themes:

Providence / God's Guidance
Struggle With Sin


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   Religion – the Way it Was Intended, Matthew 11: 28-30, Rev. Frank Schaefer

here is no doubt in my mind that RULES are part of the reason why organized religion is shrinking, especially those rules that are rooted in the culture of ages past—rules that don’t make sense in today’s world. Examples of such rules, often unspoken, include
  • Wearing formal clothes to Church
  • Giving isn’t optional, ushers will collect
  • Certain seats (and offices) are “reserved” for faithful donors
  • No applause during the church service

Many years ago, this list of rules was substantially longer (here are a few):

  • No going to the movies
  • No watching TV
  • No wearing of pants for women
  • No makeup
  • No pastoral role for women

When Jesus said"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28), he was talking about his idea of spirituality over and against the spirituality that was preached by the priests and Pharisees of his time...... click here for the full sermon manuscript.