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Mary Austin

Do I Have to Invite Jesus Over for Thanksgiving?

Matthew 10:24-39; Genesis 21:8-21

Daytime talk shows, podcasts, and reality TV shows remind us every day that family drama is common, even normal. Advice columns are full of questions about where to place our loyalty. What are our obligations to in-laws, stepchildren, and extended family? What about the troublesome family? The abusive family? None of these questions would have made any sense in Jesus’ day, where loyalty to family was a sacred obligation and duty to family was clear. Family strife may have been normal, but there was no option to check out of the family and find a new one.
     The question of who belongs comes at us constantly, in a world where we can select our own tribe. We can choose to live near people who share our economic status, work with people who share our values, and vacation with people who love the same places. We can eat with people who follow the same eating plan, and shop with people who share our taste. At the ballgame, we sit with people who have the same loyalties. Our news comes slanted to our particular taste.
     But Jesus pokes his way into our cocoon, raising the question of who belongs in a wider family of faith; and Abraham and Sarah, believing they’re following God’s plan, make a choice to exclude rather than include. So who belongs? Who gets to come over for a family dinner? See more...
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Proper 7 | OT 12

The Gospel assigned for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost comes out of the heart of Matthew 10. Last week's text brought us through Chapter 10:23. In the optional verses from 10:9-23 we heard Jesus give additional words of instruction for the disciples as they are set to carry out their mission to Israel. In 10:16-23 there begins a section of Jesus' call and commissioning that portends a mission that will be very difficult. The disciples will be delivered up to councils, flogged in synagogues, dragged before ruling authorities, betrayed by members of their own family, and hated by everyone because of the name of Jesus. These verses are of one piece with this week's assigned text: 10:24-33. It would be wise to include these verses from Proper 6 with the assigned verses for Proper 7 in developing this week's sermon.
     Matthew 8 and 9 have set before us the reality that Jesus called persons to follow him: 8:18-22; 9:9. In chapter 10 the focus is on Jesus' call to the disciples for a mission to Israel. We have set forth an outline of Matthew's Gospel that sees Matthew 4:17--16:20 as "The Ministry of Jesus to Israel and Israel's Repudiation of Jesus." Matthew 5-7 set forth the words of Jesus' ministry. Chapters 8-9 focus on Jesus' deeds of ministry. Now the disciples are called to engage in a ministry of word and deed to Israel....
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Mark Ellingsen

Living in Jesus can ease our anxieties

In accord with the overall theme of the Pentecost season, all the texts for this Sunday pertain to living the Christian life (sanctification), specifically with how Christian life is easy, for it is not our work but the result of God’s grace....
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C. David McKirachan

Going Native

Matthew 10:24-39
A few years ago, when I’d been in my then church about 10 years, I took a continuing education course called Renewal in the Long Pastorate. Walter Wink and Roy Oswald came at the attendees from both directions, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. To get in you had to be in your present parish at least eight years....
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Janice Scott

Gotcha!

Steven couldn't believe his luck. He'd been slouching around the shopping centre with his hands in his pockets feeling miserable because he had no money. There was a new computer game he was desperate to buy, because all his friends had it and were raving about it. Steven had been wandering around the shop gazing longingly at the game, but he had no means to buy one....
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Arley K. Fadness

No Fear

Object: Football or bicycle helmet

Have I got something to show you today! But first I have a question.
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Are you afraid of getting sick or hurt in sports?...
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