October 26, 2014
Matthew 22:34-46
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

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Accepting responsibility

Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22


Janice B. Scott



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The story was told in the press recently of two teenage sisters who befriended an elderly widow. The 87-year-old widow had lived alone for five years, in the same block of flats as the sisters lived. The two girls regularly ran errands for her and took her to the hairdresser and generally looked after her. She regarded them as her best friends, and they spoke of her as being like a granny to them.

Sometimes the old lady lent money to the sisters, and one day she showed them a small cubbyhole where she hid her jewellery and documents and about 800 pounds in cash. The girls, who were inseparable, hatched a plot to rob the old lady.

They took a two-foot metal bar from their father's toolbox, covered their faces and viciously attacked the old lady, who later died in hospital. Then they went off to a friend's house bragging about their actions and waving a wad of notes...

This sermon, Accepting responsibility, is based on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 and relates to Proper 17 | Ordinary Time 22 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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