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Risking everything
Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26

Janice B. Scott

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22


Heroes of our time, like Bonhoeffer or Edith Cavell or Martin Luther King are remembered and admired for generations. Some, like Nelson or Francis Drake, pass into history and are taught in schools so their memory never fades. They are usually taught by the means of stories or films about their lives, so that people realise for themselves the excitement and adventure, the danger and risk these people undertook.

One of the Jewish heroines is Esther. Her exploits are recounted in the Book of Esther, which is very important for Jewish people but less well known by Christians. Esther's deeds are remembered and celebrated annually by Jews at the two-day Feast of Purim, but the events of the Book of Esther are not thought to be historical, more of a very exciting novel.
Esther lived in Persia around 800 miles away from Israel, so it is the only book of the Bible in which events take far away from Jerusalem. It's also ...

This sermon, Risking everything, is based on Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 and relates to Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon on Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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