Those who tuned in to "Songs of Praise" on the Sunday following the American disaster, would have heard the Dean of Westminster Abbey, Dr. Wesley Carr, describe a young man who should have flown to New York on that fateful Tuesday, to begin a new job in the World Trade Centre. The young man rang his new boss at nine in the morning American time, but the conversation was suddenly disrupted by a loud explosion, followed by screams. Then the phone went dead. In that microsecond, the young man lost his new boss, his new job and the entire new firm.
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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.