May 28, 2017
John 17:1-11
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35

Call Waiting

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
SERMONS ON THE GOSPEL READINGS
Series I, Cycle A


Susan R. Andrews



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Chaim Potok was an intensely religious man; a Jew who explored the dimensions of faith in our lives. From an early age, Potok knew he wanted to be a writer. But his mother wasn't so sure. When he went away to college she said, "Son, now I know you want to be a writer. But I want you to think about brain surgery. You'll keep a lot of people from dying. And you'll make a lot of money." To which Potok responded, "No, Mama, I want to be a writer."

But, "No," is not what Mama wanted to hear. So, every vacation break for four years she would repeat her comments about his becoming a brain surgeon and keeping people from dying and making a lot of money, and always his response was the same. Finally the son had enough, and, when the same mantra began, he cut off his mother with exasperation, and with great passion he told his mother,...

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 sermon, Call Waiting, is based on John 1:29-42 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book SERMONS ON THE GOSPEL READINGS . 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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