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Jesus Loves Rocky Dumar, Too
The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1

from the book
Lectionary Tales For The Pulpit
62 Stories For Cycle B

John E. Sumwalt
Jo Perry-Sumwalt

Acts 19:1-7


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The new young pastor of Lake Bluff Christian Church had seen the man on the streets of the town frequently. In the first busy weeks of his new pastorate, he hadn't taken the time to inquire about him. But when he discovered that the man sat quietly on the steps outside the church every Sunday, listening, he was determined to find out about him.

"Oh, that's Rocky Dumar," the secretary replied when he inquired on Monday morning. "His mother is a member, but she hasn't come to church for many years. She's a shut-in now. Rocky just likes to listen to the music."

"But why doesn't he come inside?" the pastor asked.

"I don't know. I've been here for ten years and I've never seen him 'in' a worship service. Why don't you ask him?"

The next Sunday, as he took his place at the rear of the sanctuary, waiting to process behind the choir, the pastor peeked out the door. There, on the ...

This The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 story, Jesus Loves Rocky Dumar, Too, is based on Acts 19:1-7 and relates to The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 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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