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When Saints Go Marching Forth
Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11

from the book
Lyrics for the Centuries
Sermons For The Sundays after Pentecost (First Third)

Arthur H. Kolsti

1 Samuel 15:34--16:13


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Sometimes when reading you come across words that just leap off the page and grab you. Here is a comment by C.S. Lewis I encountered in his book, Reflections On The Psalms.

If the Divine call does not make us better, it will make us much worse. Of all bad people, religious bad people are the worst. Of all created beings the wickedest are those who originally stood in the presence of God.

Let these words hover over our thoughts this morning. They are not comfortable words, for they remind us of some dark chapters in the history of the church, like the crusades, the inquisition, and the execution of witches. They are not comforting for they make us think about the religious fanatacism abroad in our own time. They are not comfortable, for they warn us of the pitfalls in our own spiritual pilgrimage. Keep them in mind.

We are with Samuel again this morning. The child acolyte in the shrine at ...

This Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 sermon, When Saints Go Marching Forth, is based on 1 Samuel 15:34--16:13 and relates to Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Lyrics for the Centuries. 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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