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Sermon for Proper 16 | OT 21 | Pentecost 11
A Call To Love: Second Lesson Sermons For Sundays After PentecostA Living Sacrifice
Sermon by Tom M. Garrison based on Romans 12:1-8 excerpted from A Call To Love: Second Lesson Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost, Cycle A
I had always assumed I understood the word "sacrifice." A recent trip to Mexico City, however, washed away any ideas I previously held. I had gone through life with the biblical language firmly fixed in my mind. I knew that Paul said, "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice." That does not even come close to what I experienced. On my first day of touring Mexico City with Roberto, he began to give me the history of the city, and the 300-year journey the Aztec Indians made to find the place of the eagle and the snake. We walked past the hall of the conquerors to an excavated sight of ruins that dated back to the fourteenth century. As I walked through the museum, I was amazed by the understanding that these Aztec Indians had of the relationship between their gods and human here for the full sermon

Free Children's Sermon for Proper 16 | OT 21 | Pentecost 11

Cynthia Cowen of CSSPlusDavid's Moment Of Stupidity
Children's liturgy and story by Janice Scott based on Matthew 16:13-20 from The Village Shepherd
Like Peter, we all have moments of startling insight from time to time and we all do really stupid things from time to time. We also let ourselves and others down from time to time. Peter did all these things, yet Jesus spotted the potential in Peter at a very early stage and despite Peter's later failings, Jesus retained his faith in Peter as a rock on which the Church could safely be built.
      In this story, David does something really silly, but David's youth club leader retains his faith that David will grow up to be a strong and useful member of society...
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Leah Lonsbury

Sparking Hope from Bricks of Oppression
Facing the Monster... Together

There’s been no shortage of big headlines this past week, from the stunning news of actor/comedian Robin Williams’ suicide, to the heartbreaking story in Iraq of thousands of Yazidis stranded on a barren mountaintop and starving while surrounded by fundamentalist Muslim fighters intent on their destruction, to the disturbing images of unrest on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri following the killing by a white police officer of an unarmed black teenager (and the initial heavy-handed police response to protests). Themes from this coming Sunday’s lectionary texts coincide with and offer insight on issues raised by each of these major events -- and the next installment of The Immediate Word features two main articles that delve further into these stories and how scripture can help us come to grips with them....
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Psalm 124

Everyone needs someone who is on their side. This is not about friendship, though that's important. It's not about lovers and spouses, though life would be pretty drab without them. This is not a mere trifle of a need. It is about survival. Everyone requires an ally, a supporter, someone who will be a "rear guard" (Isaiah 58:8). Whether it's bullies on the school yard or a friend or mentor to walk with you, we need people who will help us. Without such support, life becomes literally impossible. In short, we cannot make it alone. In the trials and struggles of our lives we need each other. We also need, as our psalm indicates, to have God on our side. After all, if you're in a fight for your life, wouldn't God be a bit helpful? Wouldn't you be saying with the psalmist, "If it had not been the Lord who had been on our side..."?...
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Cathy Venkatesh

The Power of Names

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose would by any other name smell as sweet." Shakespeare's Juliet bemoans Romeo's family name of Montague and begs him to cast it off, but all who have seen the play know that is not so easily done. Names have power, both the names we are given and the names that we choose. Each of our lessons today touches on the power of names and naming in our lives of faith. Are there names we need to cast off? Are there names we need to claim? Today's readings offer much to ponder....
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Frank Ramirez

Growing Up Adams

Romans 12:1-8
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) was the sixth president of the United States, and probably one of the least well known. When he left office having, like his father, served a single term as president (1825-1829), he was reviled not only by the opposition but by people of his own political party.
     His faith in God and his adherence to his principles regardless of the cost politically meant that time has proven him correct, especially because he refused to conform to the world's expectations....
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Janice Scott


This is a year for babies in our family. Nephews and nieces, sons and daughters are all producing offspring of their own, with all the attendant excitement that produces. Although we are already pretty sure of the sex of all these babies thanks to modern technology, apart from that we have no idea of how they will turn out. We don't know how big they will be, what they will look like, whether they will have hair or no hair, what their colouring will be, whether they will be placid or fractious. And we certainly don't know what sort of characters they will be or how they will grow up....
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Cynthia Cowen

God's Son

The Point: Jesus wants us to understand who he is and why he came to earth.

The Lesson: Good morning boys and girls. Thank you for coming up and sharing this time together.
     I brought with me a school textbook (or test sheet). Do you have one in your school? (let children answer) Textbooks help us to learn the things that we will need in life. Math books teach us how to add and subtract, multiply and divide. From spelling books we learn how to spell words and what those words mean. There are geography books, English books, history books, and many others books that help us to learn....
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