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What Happens in Vegas

Children's sermon
The centerpiece of this week’s lectionary gospel text is a parable about guests who spurn their invitation to a lavish wedding banquet for the king’s son. Some merely ignore the invitation, choosing instead to go about their daily affairs; others actively repudiate it, mistreating and killing the royal messengers. Jesus’ story is clearly meant to be an analogy about the open invitation for all to participate in the feast of God’s kingdom, as well as a cautionary tale about the fate awaiting those who are not prepared to accept the kingdom.

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In this week’s lectionary passage from his letter to the Thessalonians, Paul tells the congregation that they need to “test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.” Obviously, his intent was to demonstrate the veracity of the Hebrew prophets’ divinely inspired words when compared to the declarations of false prophets -- but as team member Dean Feldmeyer points out in this installment of The Immediate Word, it’s also an important lesson to keep in mind today... especially in an environment where it’s all too easy for accusations to run amok.


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Luke 1:46-55

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“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, 'made straight the way of the Lord.'” (v. 23a)

Good morning girls and boys,

Has your mother or dad ever said to you, “Straighten up your room?” (children answer)

Why do you think they said that? Did they say that to be mean? Or was it necessary?

Has your room ever been messy? Clothes lying around? Desk untidy? What do you do about it? (children answer)

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
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And in a growing speck of light that seemed, Lucy thought, to look a lot like a cross, the battle of the powers whirled around them, till Darkness and fear melted before his Brightness.

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Janice B. Scott
Years ago when I was at college, there was a strong Christian movement in our year. I rather stood outside it, not because I wasn't a Christian, but because I found it quite oppressive and somewhat unreal. It all felt a bit sanctimonious.

On one occasion I remember a student who developed a bad back - not a good complaint for a student physiotherapist - I sympathised with her, only to be told that everything was absolutely alright because it was all part of God's will. Nothing could go wrong.


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In the rural church where my family worshiped and served during my childhood and youth, the midweek prayer service usually included a time for people to share their personal testimonies. Many people would take advantage of the opportunity. Some would go into long narratives describing the many things that the Lord had done in their lives. Some would offer simple statements of thanksgiving or requests for prayer.

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