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Resources for Pentecost +19
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

"And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?"

Luke 18:7   .

Scripture Lessons:

Jeremiah 31:27-34
Psalm 119:97-104
2Timothy 3:14-4:5
Luke 18:1-8


Prayer for Illumination

O Lord our God, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give us grace to hear and receive Your prophetic word.

Through the guidance of your Holy Spirit, let us rightly divide Your Holy Word, so that the seeds of your truth will fall on fruitful soil in our hearts.

May we grow strong in faith and reach out to the world which you loved so much that you gave your only begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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Sermon Excerpt:

Pray Like You Mean It! Luke 18:1-8
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

This parable is quite interesting, the widow who knocks on the judge's door day in and day out, finally gets her day in court, not because of her just cause, but because of her annoying persistence. The judge finally breaks down and acts on her behalf.

Have you ever been persistent like this widow? Well, I have found that it really works. When I was serving my first church as senior pastor in Lebanon PA the board decided to invite our bishop to speak at the churches 125th-anniversary service. And I was commissioned to get him here. No mean feat mind you. I send him an invitation, followed it up with a couple of phone calls and waited. That wasn't satisfactory for Terry Winters, one of my parishioners. He was one of those church members who you couldn't say no to. He kept encouraging me to keep calling the bishop.

Having Terry breathe down my neck really put me in the shoes of this pesky man who is banging at the door of his friend's house--only that the friend isn't a friend, but the bishop, i.e. my boss. So, I kept bothering the man--I even cornered him at a conference where he finally turned our invitation down. I reported back to Terry and he said: that's not good enough. We are going to have the bishop speak and you are going to get him here."

So, I kept banging against that office door. After a while the poor man must have said to himself: "this guy is going to stay on my case until he gets what he wants. So, he finally said: "o.k. fine, I'll come whenever I have an opening. Talk to my secretary." I was happy that we had the bishop speak, but for quite some time afterward I was expecting to get appointed to a really crappy ministry, maybe somewhere in Siberia.

But seriously, isn't that what Jesus said we should be in our prayers: pesky?

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