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The Highest Bidder
Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17

from the book
Sermons On The Second Readings
For Sundays In Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Harold C. Warlick, Jr.

Ephesians 3:14-21


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An auction is a fun event, especially when you are the highest bidder for an item you really want to purchase. You register for a number and examine the merchandise that is "up for bid." Then the auctioneer begins the chant and cards with numbers on them start popping up and heads nod at price increments. When the crowd ceases to bid, the item is sold to the last highest bidder. "Last chance. Going once. Going twice. Sold."

A delightful cable television show is the Antiques Roadshow. Professional appraisers travel to large cities giving appraisals to people, like you and me, who bring their valued family heirlooms. It is entertaining to watch someone find out their grandmother's old painting is estimated to bring five figures if it were "put up for auction." In a perverse way, it is also entertaining to witness someone find out that their "valued" heirloom is a fake and isn't worth the effort to carry it around ...

This Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 sermon, The Highest Bidder, is based on Ephesians 3:14-21 and relates to Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second 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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