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Deciding to Forgive
Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24

Dean Feldmeyer
Ronald H. Love
George Reed

Matthew 18:21-35 — Romans 14:1-12
Exodus 14:19-31 — Psalm 114


This coming Sunday offers a big challenge, as it will be impossible to avoid the fact that it will be the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Knowing that this event will be on the minds of everyone in the pews, should we take the bull by the horns and directly address it from the pulpit? Or should we deal with it primarily through prayers, litanies, and other worship material? Or perhaps we should leave the commemoration to civic gatherings and media specials, aware that it's still such a sensitive topic that any missteps could easily create serious issues within the congregation? As team member Dean Feldmeyer notes in this installment of The Immediate Word, the wounds remain fresh -- even after a decade has passed and Osama bin Laden has been eliminated. (Indeed, the controversy over building a proposed Islamic community center in the vicinity of "Ground Zero" revealed the depth of resentment that still lingers.) Choosing how to ...

This sermon resource, Deciding to Forgive, is based on Matthew 18:21-35 and relates to Proper 19 | Ordinary Time 24 of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon resource on Exodus 14:19-31 also includes sermon illustrations, worship material, and a children's sermon. 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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