Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23
from the book
The Divine Salvage
First Lesson Sermons For Sundays After Pentecost (Middle Third)
When I was about twelve years of age I attended a state Boy Scout jamboree. We camped out in the mountains for an extended weekend. We had to bring food with us to eat, but we were told our Saturday evening meal would be provided. But what we did not know was how it would be provided. About four o'clock in the afternoon we were summoned to the road head. There by the side of the road was a tractor-trailer loaded with live chickens! At our campsite we were divided into groups of three, and from that truck each group, including mine, received a live chicken for the Saturday evening meal.
This was a difficult moment for my fellow scouts and me. We were from the city. We had hardly ever seen a live chicken! Now, we had one in hand and had to kill it to eat supper. We had never killed anything to eat. Chicken legs and thighs ...
This Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 sermon, Bloody Doorposts, is based on Exodus 12:1-14 and relates to Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book The Divine Salvage. 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. ...