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Proper 21 | Ordinary Time 26 - B

Timothy B. Cargal
Note: Originally published in 2003.

I don't know for a certainty that this story is in fact the origin of the saying, but with family roots in Texas you will understand why I was taught at a young age that it was. During the final hours of the siege of the Alamo, Colonel William B. Travis assembled the men under his command. General Santa Anna was flying the red flag of "no quarter," announcing that no prisoners would be taken, that every rebel would be killed when the mission-turned-fortress was taken by the Mexican army. Colonel Travis drew his sword, and with it etched a line in the sand of the Alamo's courtyard. Only those willing to face certain death if they failed were called to cross the line and join him for the final battle. After a tense moment of silence,...
Bonnie Bates
Bill Thomas
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Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” In this reading from the Book of Esther, we enter the story after Mordecai has spoken his most important message to Esther about her placement in the kingdom for such a times as this, a time to protect the Jewish people.  Esther has been called to speak, to not remain silent. The memory of her actions, on behalf of her people, live on in all of us, all of us who are activists for the causes of justice in our days. High School valedictorian, Paxton Smith, this past June, determined that she could not speak silent. Whether or not we agree with her stance on the Texas restrictive law on abortion, we must admire her...

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Speaking Tender
by John Sumwalt
Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20

If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck, and you were thrown into the sea. (Mark 9:42)

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Praxis, the pixie who changed colour according to his feelings, was a bright and healthy pink. He looked so good and so happy with himself that everyone who saw him couldn't help smiling. The fact was, he'd been chosen for a very important job.

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Leader: Let all who would proclaim God's word gather now for worship!
People: For we live in a hostile world with many who would silence the Gospel.
Leader: And thus it has always been, as Satan would keep us from God's love.
People: But the Lord will not be defeated, and God's word will be heard.
Leader: Then let us commit our lives to proclaiming God's mercy and love.
All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

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