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Sermon helps for Proper 18 | OT 23
Sermons on the Gospel Readings: Series III, Cycle B The Inconcealable Christ!
Sermon by Robert Leslie Holmes based on Mark 7:24-37 excerpted from Sermons on the Gospel Readings: Series III, Cycle B (SermonStudio)
In this amazing passage of two miracles, we find just one message. The first miracle is the healing of the daughter of a Greek woman, born in Syrian Phoenicia. In many ways, it is among the most significant of Jesus' miracles not just because the child received healing. Syrophoenicia is not a candidate region for the zip code 90210. The "pretty people" do not take up residence there. In fact, they do all they can to avoid going that here for the full sermon

Children's Sermon for Proper 18 | OT 23

Cynthia CowenHe's Not One of Us
Children's story and liturgy by Janice B. Scott based on Mark 7:24-37 from The Village Shepherd.
Jesus wasn't sure whether he should carry his ministry beyond Judaism, but the Syrophoenician woman was so determined to save her daughter that she convinced Jesus. He healed her daughter and went on to heal other gentiles in due course. This is a story about a boy who isn't regarded as "one of us", but who eventually receives the help and acceptance he needs.... click here for the rest of the children's sermon

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Dean Feldmeyer

Who Speaks for Those Who Can’t?

Mark 7:24-37

In this week’s gospel lection, Mark introduces us to two people who could not speak for themselves. The Syrophoenician lady is rendered mute by her gender and her ethnicity; she is a woman and a Gentile, both of which make her unapproachable by Jewish men. The man from Decapolis is physically disabled -- both deaf and mute -- and probably also a Gentile... unclean on both counts.
     Jesus gives them voice, and in doing so sets an example for the first-century Christian church of Rome. Giving voice to the voiceless is part of what it means to be a Christian.
     Recently we have heard much talk about so-called “anchor babies,” children born in the United States to parents who are not U.S. citizens. Are poor people really sneaking across the border to have their babies in the U.S. in order to complicate the deportation process? Or is the greater problem “maternity tourism” -- wealthy parents coming here to have babies and go shopping so that their children can be “birthright” U.S. citizens?
     Whatever the answer to that question, and it is a complex one to be sure, almost all of the talk has been about these babies. They are being treated like political footballs.
But these are just babies -- children who are incapable of speaking or acting on their own behalf.  The question which Mark raises for the Christian church today is this: “Who will speak not just about them, but for them? Who will be their voice?”...
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Lasting Impressions

During his first visit to the United States, Albert Schweitzer found himself at Pennsylvania Station in New York City, waiting for a train that would take him, his wife, and some friends to Colorado. It was the first time he had seen an immense American railroad station, and there was much to do and look at while they waited. Then Schweitzer saw a broom and, in the middle of the big crowded place, quietly began to sweep up the rubbish on the ground. After a little while he realized that in the meantime the crowd had thrown down more trash. Without getting angry or criticizing others, Schweitzer continued sweeping until the time of his departure.
     People at Pennsylvania Station that day probably did not even notice the man sweeping and picking up trash. Apparently no one recognized him as one of the most brilliant persons in the world at the time. On another occasion Schweitzer shared his personal philosophy of life, "Only a person who can find value in every sort of activity, and can devote himself to each one with full consciousness of duty, has the inward right to undertake some out-of-the-ordinary activity instead of that which falls naturally to his lot."
     Albert Schweitzer is remembered as a human being of great integrity who, even though he was brilliant, showed concern for others. In an age where role models are hard to find, we need positive examples of people who have lived their life with the utmost integrity....
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Frank Ramirez

Don't judge people by their covers

Shorthand might be an efficient way to take quick notes, but it?s a lousy way to typecast people. Yet the temptation is there. One glance, and we act as if we know someone?s complete history. These scriptures invite us to avoid stereotyping individuals based on their economic, ethnic, or cultural background, especially when it comes to the poor or the outcast. Proverbs invites us to see the poor as those favored by God. James wants us to see the outsider as the face of his brother Jesus. And as for the gospel passage, this seemingly very audacious text shows Jesus temporarily limiting someone?s access to God?s grace based on their ethnic background -- at least until someone calls him on it....
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Keith Hewitt

Room at the Table

The hubbub was past, now, the dinner had been served, the dishes washed and put away in their appointed places, and the tables had been wiped down until their white plastic tops practically sparkled. One by one the parishioners and others had left, after congratulating Pastor Sumner on a glorious 75th anniversary celebration for the church. The banner still hung on the far wall of the fellowship hall, he noted critically -- he would have to come in early tomorrow and take it down...or, better, get a trustee to do it....
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The Village Shepherd

Janice Scott

Wealth and justice

There was a story in the press recently about a con-man who so duped lots of different people that he was able to live in luxurious wealth with all the trappings that such wealth brings. He was eventually found out and is now languishing in jail, but like so many other cheats and thieves and drug barons and the like, he enjoyed his ill-gotten gains for many years. It all seems a little unfair. Those of us who work hard for a living and never cheat anyone, not even the taxman, may struggle to make ends meet, while those who are crooks and liars enjoy opulence and status, sometimes for the whole of their lives....
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Cynthia Cowen

Jesus, Savior of the World

Object: a blue ribbon
The Point: Jesus did miracles to point to his greatest work -- our salvation.
The Lesson: Thank you, boys and girls for coming up to share this time with me. Have you ever received a blue ribbon for something you made? I received a blue ribbon (show ribbon) once for a photograph I took of a duck flying off a river in Alaska.....
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