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Sermon helps for Proper 17 | OT 22
Sermons on the Gospel Readings: Series II, Cycle B Time For A Minimalist Faith
Sermon by John T. Ball based on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 excerpted from Sermons on the Gospel Readings: Series II, Cycle B (SermonStudio)
Some years ago, a San Francisco author who often worked as a stevedore on the city's docks, wrote, The True Believer. Eric Hoffer pointed out the destructive legacy of those who hold to positions with unbending tenacity, particularly in mass movements. Hoffer said that these rigid believers became unattractive representatives for their cause, alienating themselves from any civil discourse with those who differed with them. Their fanaticism became meaningful only to themselves; further, they created antipathy toward the cause they here for the full sermon

Children's Sermon for Proper 17 | OT 22

Cynthia CowenDo The Right Thing
Children's sermon by Mark A. Hultquist based on James 1:17-27 from From a Mustard Seed: Children's Sermons (SermonStudio).
Object: Items necessary for the treatment of a cold or flu such as: blanket, pillow, hot water bottle, thermometer, sweater, aspirin, vitamin C, container of orange juice.
Message: On my way to church this morning I was wondering how many of you can remember a time when you have been sick. Perhaps it was a time when you had a cold or the flu and maybe something even worse! Well, during those times what types of things do we need to do in order to start feeling better? (As the children give their answers, show the items you have and comment on their use as well.)...
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Mary Austin

Peanuts, Paste, and Pathways to God

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

As students, teachers, and parents everywhere prepare for the start of school, we find Jesus taking the religious leaders to school in this week?s story from Mark?s gospel. Their question gives Jesus a chance to talk about what we should value in our lives. It?s easy to understand the importance of the spirit over the material, and very hard to live it. We know the names of the Kardashian sisters more readily than those of our neighborhood kindergarten teachers. The presidential race has us hoping for a chief executive with a principled character, but we are fully prepared to be disappointed.
      If we are looking for people who model the kind of inner life Jesus teaches, where should we look? If character counts, where do we find people who show us how to live that in our everyday lives?...
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Living The Word Of God

Mohandas Gandhi was born in Porbandar in the present state of Gujarat, India, on October 2, 1869. After completing his initial schooling he went to England where he earned a law degree from University College in London in 1891. He then returned to his native land and established a law practice in Bombay, but his lack of success led him to accept an invitation to go to South Africa to work for political rights for Indian immigrants in that land. He was appalled to discover the widespread denial of human rights and to realize that he was considered a member of an inferior race. He felt compelled to respond to this injustice. Thus, he remained in South Africa twenty years and was imprisoned several times for his views and verbal protests. Influenced by the Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy, and the American essayist, Henry David Thoreau, he developed a system of nonviolent resistance, called satygraha, that became his hallmark....
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David Coffin

Religion that is pure

The dog days of a hot August summer have been upon us. Some communities already have school beginning, while others are clenching onto the last moments of summer vacation times. Many congregations are trying to gear up for fall ministry programs, while others frantically worry that summer was too short and ?What are we planning to do now?? Today?s lessons provide a glimpse as to what faithful people of God do in response to their salvation in this season of Pentecost -- regardless of how numerically successful they are or are not during this last week or so of summer. James 1:27 summarizes this quite nicely: ?Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.? By this standard, if nothing else, one may try to preach on giving to those who are in need outside the walls of the congregation. That is, to put our money where our words are always printed in mission statements, newsletters, and church wish lists....
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Keith Wagner

Beyond the Fence

In the television series, ?Leave it to Beaver,? there was an episode where Beaver joined a group called the ?Bloody Five.? He was sworn in and agreed to abide by the rules of the group. Unfortunately the group did not let his friend, Larry, join the group. He wasn?t cool enough to belong. Beaver found himself with a real dilemma. He wanted to be in the group but not at the expense of excluding his pal. Beaver?s friend, Larry, was seriously offended when he was not included in the group. What Beaver had to discover was that his friendship with Larry was more important then being part of the ?Bloody Five.? Ultimately, Beaver changed his mind and resigned from the group. The boundaries of the group were less important than his relationship with his friend....
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Janice Scott

Experience or Tradition?

I'm presently reading an excellent book by Marcus Borg, entitled, "Jesus -- A New Vision". In the introduction Marcus Borg tells how he first began studying Jesus and theology as what he calls "an unbelieving son of the church." He was brought up within a churchgoing family and was utterly convinced of the importance of Christianity, but at that point had not really experienced the living Christ for himself. The book reflects his journey to understanding....
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Cynthia Cowen

What Spills from Your Heart?

Object: A bucket with water in it
The Point:   Whatever is in your heart will spill as life bumps into you.
The Lesson:  Thank you, boys and girls, for coming up to share this time with me.
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