July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Conscience-Building

Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7

from the book
LECTIONARY TALES FOR THE PULPIT
Series III, Cycle A


Constance Berg



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Trace was known for his strong, durable buildings. They weren't anything spectacular to look at, no works of art, but they were solid. He built barns, machine sheds, and quonsets. Big, burly buildings to hold big, burly machinery and equipment were his specialty, and he stood behind his buildings. He had learned from his grandfather and father and had shown an exceptional eye for detail and was an expert craftsman. Trace was respected for his work, and he never lacked for projects.

Just 27 years old, Trace had had a good life - until his wife of six months ran off with a neighbor. They had no children and Trace felt himself becoming lonelier and lonelier. He would come in from a long day of working, sometimes out in the cold and wind, and he had no one to turn to for companionship, love, or conversation. He eventually turned to alcohol for comfort.

Trace went on drinking binges, often falling asleep...

This Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 story, Conscience-Building, is based on 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 and relates to Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This story is excerpted from the book LECTIONARY TALES FOR THE PULPIT . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, Stories, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary preaching, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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