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Proper 6 | Ordinary Time 11 - B

Frank Ramirez
Out with the old, and in with the new. That’s easily said, but not so easily done. Yet though we think of ourselves as simple people, we can end up with a lot of clutter. Change is necessary, but that’s not always a comfortable transition to make. It’s hard enough to clean out our closets. But how about our spiritual lives? We accumulate a lot of stuff over the years, not all of it helpful.   In this week’s lectionary passages, Samuel grieves over Saul, Paul gets nostalgic about going to heaven when there’s a lot left to do with the Corinthians, and Jesus turns to storytelling in order to illustrate how something new and wonderful is about to happen – if we can get past the old way of thinking.

1 Samuel 15:34--16:13
Mark Ellingsen
Frank Ramirez
Bill Thomas
1 Samuel 15:34--16:13
Have you ever been the last chosen? I have. As a youth I was a plump, short girl (much as I am a plump, short woman) and that made me a last pick for some sports teams. I didn’t look like I could play well or with the energy needed to win. However, I played on a championship softball team as a young teen. I was a center fielder and rarely did a fly ball get past me. I also had a good arm and could throw from deep center field to the pitcher to get runners out. So, even though sometimes I was chosen last, I learned to trust my instincts and play with all my heart.

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Out with the old, and in with the new. That’s easily said, but not so easily done. Yet though we think of ourselves as simple people, we can end up with a lot of clutter. Change is necessary, but that’s not always a comfortable transition to make. It’s hard enough to clean out our closets. But how about our spiritual lives?
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“My parents raised me in the church.” Charlene leaned against the desk in their residence room. “So to answer your question, I guess I’ve always had faith.”

“Really?” Jody flopped on the bed in the other side of the room. “You can’t ever remember a time when you didn’t believe?”

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Object: A packet of mustard seeds, or a packet of the smallest seeds you can find.

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Hello, everyone! (Let them respond.) Are you ready for our story today? (Let them respond.) Excellent!

One day Jesus was talking with his friends and he wanted to tell them something really, really important. So, this is what he told them. He said:

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Among the greatest political speeches ever written is Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. His brief Gettysburg Address is more famous, but those who take the time to read the Second Inaugural Address will come away impressed not only by Lincoln's rhetorical skills, but also with his probing philosophical mind and deep piety.

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I don't know about you but when I was growing up I always loved hearing the story of Cinderella. There was always something magical about it. It was more than Walter Mitty or Lee Iacocca -- small-town boy made good. It was more than Prince Charles and Princess Diana in all their regal splendor long before Diana's untimely death.

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The kingdom of God is described in many different ways in the Bible. In Mark 4, the kingdom of God is described in terms of small seeds quietly planted by a farmer. The seeds can grow to great size, like a mustard plant which in ancient Israel became one of the largest of bushes. Small beginnings can have great endings.
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