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For Or Against?
Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26

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

Constance Berg

Mark 9:38-50


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Shelley looked around and took a seat in the front row. Today was the annual meeting and she was ready to give some of these people a piece of her mind. She was sick and tired of all the changes going on. She sniffed in disgust just as Ellen walked through the door. Shelley glared at her.

Shelley hated Ellen. Ellen was a retired pastor's wife, a master of organization, very congenial, and committed to her church. And Ellen was the head of the Altar Guild. Shelley had had that job for twenty years, but now the church structure had changed and Ellen had unanimously been voted in as leader. How could they vote for someone who had only moved into the community six years ago? They didn't even know her! Surely she couldn't lead the Altar Guild as well as Shelley had!

It made Shelley really mad. Whenever she could, she made loud comments about how bad the altar looked. The ...

This Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 story, For Or Against?, is based on Mark 9:38-50 and relates to Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 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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