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Resources for Pentecost +11
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment."

                           Luke 13:12  

Scripture Lessons:

      Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17


  Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, we confess that we are so often swept up in the tide of our generation.  We have failed in our calling to be your holy people, a people set apart for your divine purpose.  We live more in apathy born of fatalism than in passion born of hope. We are moved more by private ambition than by social justice. We dream more of privilege and benefits than of service and sacrifice. We try to speak in your name, without relinquishing our glories, without nourishing our souls, without relying wholly on your grace.
Help us to make room in our heart and lives for you.  Teach us to live in the intricate balance between faith and works, between being and doing, being nourished and serving others.  Forgive us, revive us, and reshape us in your image. Amen.


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Children's Messages


Sermon Excerpt:

If You Were There
Luke 13:10-17
Hans-Erik Nelson

Main Idea: Jesus has a message for each person in this story--and one final message that is for all of them.

Imagine yourself as a character in this story. Go ahead, use your imagination!

There are four distinct characters. One of them is Jesus. You can't choose to be Jesus--David Koresh and Jim Jones tried that and it didn't work out too well for them or their followers.

That leaves three.

The first character is the woman who had been stooped over for eighteen years. If you have had long troubles in your life, you may identify with her.

The second character is the leader of the synagogue. If you are annoyed that people get healed on the day of rest, or if you are a stickler for the rules, you cross every "T" and dot every "I", this may be the part you could play.

The last character is a person in the crowd who cheers and praises God when Jesus heals the woman and shames the leader of the synagogue. If you are a person who is excited when other people are blessed, if you like to praise God, or if you long for the truth to be spoken and are thankful when it is, then this could be you.

Everybody ready? Do you know which character you are in the story? Good, because Jesus has a message for every character in this story, and if you are identifying with one of these characters, there is a message in it for you...Subscribers: click here for the full sermon and more


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