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

Christopher Columbus Speaks!

Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2

from the book
A Long Time Coming
Cycle A First Lesson Sermons for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany


Stephen M. Crotts



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Five hundred years ago a man dreamed of reaching the east by sailing west. He sought trade, honor, and souls for Jesus Christ. This is his story ...

(Taped Fanfare)
(Columbus walks to the front. He is old, somewhat stooped, stiff with arthritis. It is after his fourth and final voyage, a few months prior to his death.)


Never give up. Never, never, never give up! When God gives you a vision, when his call upon your life is plain, then let nothing deter you. Not wars, nor lack of cooperation, nor money, not your low-born estate, not friends who play you false ... nor even the vastness of the ocean and its endless bounty of the unknown.

My name is Christopher Columbus, son of Susanna and Dominico of the weavers' trade in the fair city of Genoa, Italy.

I made four voyages to the Indies, voyages of discovery. Just over 500 years ago now, it was. And some tell me you want to know...

This Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 sermon, Christopher Columbus Speaks!, is based on Isaiah 49:1-7 and relates to Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book A Long Time Coming. 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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