July 30, 2017
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Romans 8:26-39
Genesis 29:15-28
Psalm 105:1-11, 45b

Ya Gotta Know The Territory

Sixth Sunday of Easter

from the book
Sermons For Lent And Easter


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I. Old Wisdom For A "New" Era

The overture to The Music Man1 plays happily one of the show's top tunes - Seventy-six Trombones. With the mastery of the composer's hand the happy tune is soon transformed into train-slowing-down2 music. As the scene opens, the train's conductor sticks his head into an early 20th century railroad coach and announces the next stop - "River City!" Six salesmen are in an animated discussion about the changing times and their impact upon a salesman's livelihood. Most conclude that "It's not like it was." In a rhythm remarkably like a train's wheels rolling rapidly along the track, the conversation gains momentum in a blending of speech rhythm and text until the train is traveling along at full speed. They discuss the changing wares, the problems of credit, the impact of the automobile, and even the biscuits in "an air-tight sanitary package [that] made the cracker barrel obsolete."

With the exception of Charlie, there is a ...

This Sixth Sunday of Easter sermon, Ya Gotta Know The Territory, is based on Acts 17:22-31 and relates to Sixth Sunday of Easter of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book CALLED TO JERUSALEM: SENT TO THE WORLD . 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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