Have Mercy On Us Lord

Pentecost 8C Luke 10:25-37 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us all. I believe many of us have prayed this type of prayer this week. Perhaps over the past few weeks. During the times of our lives when things are going well, the phrase, “Lord, have mercy,” certainly has meaning, but not…

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Saul the Big Bad Wolf

The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing…

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Point to the Light

Advent 3B Isaiah61:1-4,8-11  John 1:6-8,19-28 You can tell it is getting closer to Christmas when Rudolph and Frosty are on TV and the number of super sale, discount, 4 hour only, free shipping emails increases to one every ten minutes. In the church, we know that Christmas is almost here when John the Baptist comes…

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Never Ceases The Hunt

Strictly speaking, this poem (written for a post in October of 2010) isn’t about the gospel text for tomorrow and, therefore, isn’t in the sermon. If I remember correctly, it is actually about the healing of ten lepers in Luke 17. However, the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son, two of which are in…

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Burnout

Have you ever thought about the difference between being burned out and being stressed? I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine and we were discussing that the underlying feeling seems to be different for burnout. “Stressed” can result from positive or negative things and can compound over time. It seems like everyone experiences stress…

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Healing–Thanksgiving

Luke 17:11-19 This seems like a pretty cut and dried healing scene we read in today’s gospel lesson. Jesus takes a little side road on his way to Jerusalem, comes across some lepers who beg for his mercy. He sends them to the priests—the people who would determine if they were healthy or sick—and on…

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Talitha

Healing Service Psalm 139:1-6,11-14 Mark 5:21-24,35-42 Talitha cum! Little girl get up! Jesus enters the house of Jairus—a man who has come to beg him to heal his dying child. But by the time they have arrived at the home, she is dead. Yet, Jesus tells Jairus not to fear because his little girl is…

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