June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

Only The Beginning ...

Day of Pentecost

from the book
Out From The Ordinary
First Lesson Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (First Third)


Gary L. Carver



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It had not happened before, it has not happened since, and in that uncommon experience God was uniquely present; but it was only the beginning.

A shoeless shepherd stands awestruck before a burning bush not consumed. From the bush God speaks to call forth his people. It had not happened before, it has not happened since, and in that uncommon experience God was uniquely present; but it was only the beginning.

A rag-tag bunch of slaves, fleeing from their former masters, stand frightened before the Red Sea. And God parts the waters and paves the pathway to freedom. It had not happened before, it has not happened since, and in that uncommon experience God was uniquely present; but it was only the beginning.

A young woman, weary from a long journey, seeks refuge in a cave and gives birth unnoticed amid manger earthiness. And some even say she is a virgin! It had not happened before, it has not happened since, and in...

This Day of Pentecost sermon, Only The Beginning ..., is based on Acts 2:1-21 and relates to Day of Pentecost of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Out From The Ordinary . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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