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The Invitation To Join
Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20

from the book
Lectionary Tales For The Pulpit
Series II Cycle B

Constance Berg

Ephesians 5:15-20


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Pao felt disconnected. Like he didn't belong. Like he didn't have a purpose. He had been struggling with his faith for a while and stopped going to church. He just couldn't bear the questions he had. The words he heard in church didn't make sense.

The pastor came to visit early one morning. It was a Saturday and Pao was on his way to wash the car. The pastor suggested they wash the car together in the driveway. Pastor asked how things were with Pao's wife and children, his job at the bank, and the weather. They lathered up the car.

There was an undercurrent of tension. Pao knew Pastor would ask why he hadn't been in church for several months. He was almost holding his breath. How should he answer Pastor? What was the real answer? Pao rinsed the car.

The car was shining as they worked in silence, each drying a side with circular motions. Birds were chirping in the trees ...

This Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 story, The Invitation To Join, is based on Ephesians 5:15-20 and relates to Proper 15 | Ordinary Time 20 of Cycle B 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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