The tea cup was stained. It was Mary's favorite cup, with flowers and leaves hand-painted on the outside. Gold leafing trimmed the rim. And the handle was curved very delicately. But the inside was stained from tea.
Mary set to soaking it in a bit of bleach. Her thoughts turned to the first communion class that she had to teach this Sunday. She had been trying to find a way to explain the meaning behind communion and the ritual that went with it. She breathed a quick prayer for help.
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.