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The Wedding Dress
Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29

from the book
The Home Stretch
Matthew's Vision Of Servanthood In The End-Time

Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier

Matthew 22:15-22


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"Take my life, that I may be ..."

Laurie liked to play hymns on the piano and sing. She always started and finished with her favorite, "Take My Life That I May Be." And while she sang, she dreamed about the future. "Take my life that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee...." What would she do with her life? She'd be lost in hopes as she continued, "Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of your love...."

But there was one line she never quite liked. "Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold...." It seemed a little out of touch with reality, that "not a mite" part. After all, you had to live in the world, didn't you? And it takes money. She wondered about her financial responsibilities as a Christian.

In the Bible the Pharisees tried to trick Jesus on this tough financial question, but Jesus gave a trick answer to ...

This Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 sermon, The Wedding Dress, is based on Matthew 22:15-22 and relates to Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Home Stretch . 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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