All three of the passages for this Sunday deal with the very basics of our faith: What do we believe about God? What can we say is at the heart of our faith? What do we owe to God? In Deuteronomy, we have a ritual that calls the faithful to thank God for what they have been able to produce, and the first formalized creed. In the reading from Romans, we have the early Christian faith statement: Jesus is Lord, and God raised him from the dead -- perhaps the shortest creed in Christendom.
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“Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray and not lose heart.” (v. 1)
Good morning girls and boys,
I am so glad to see you this morning. Are you ready to hear my children’s message today? (children respond) Ears and hearts open?
Let’s suppose you want to use your neighbor’s bicycle for an errand. Your neighbor is selfish and sometimes a bully. But you keep on asking and asking. Finally he/she relents and says, “Okay you have been bugging and bugging me, you may use my bicycle.”
Contents “Written On Our Hearts” by Peter Andrew Smith
Written On Our Hearts by Peter Andrew Smith Jeremiah 31:27-34
“Okay guys, good practice.” Coach blew the whistle and waved at the players to gather around him. “You’re starting to really come along. Chapel service is in thirty minutes so you’ve got time to get yourself a drink or a snack after hitting the showers.”
The players cheered and headed off the field to get ready for the next activity. .
Anyone who has suffered any sort of trauma in life will know what it is to have bad dreams. Nightmares often start early in life so that quite small children can be deeply disturbed by them. Sometimes they seem to occur for no reason, but at other times they follow a traumatic experience, or are the result of some worry or anxiety.
This sermon is a retelling in a contemporary setting of the Parable of the Widow and the Judge. The harsh character of the Judge is exaggerated. The imaginary law clerk is made especially wimpish to highlight the arrogance of the Judge.
The Widow, as in the original parable, is the strongest character in the drama, although outwardly she appears to be the weakest.
This sermon emphasizes the biblical theme of the reversal of roles, and the triumph of faithfulness over human power.