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Proper 17 / Pentecost 15 / OT 22

Devotional
Water From the Well
Lectionary Devotional For Cycle A
For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life?
-- Matthew 16:26

This gospel lesson provides a stark challenge to a trend in our society. As we have grown more affluent in our society, the trend has been against sacrifice. There is a temptation toward hedonism, a desire for the good life, and certainly a tendency to choose the comfortable over the uncomfortable. Along with that is a tendency, even within churches, to want to build a fortress to protect ourselves against all forms of fears.

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Arley K. Fadness
“he was lost and has been found.”

Good morning boys and girls,

I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)

Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)

(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)

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Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!  

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Janice B. Scott
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.

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