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getting out the WORD - the 12th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:03

the PRAYER...
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."

Matthew 16:13-20

the DEVOTION...
Tradition! That's what it's called here in the church! Custom! Ritual! Habit! Bits and pieces of the yesterday, relics of the past, that every generation receives one and, then, hands on to the next. Spoken and re-spoken! Written and written again! We've been doing it for centuries - for millennia, actually! So when Jesus asks, "Who do people say," the disciples, naturally, look behind them, to tradition! "They say that you're the Baptizer! Elijah! Jeremiah! One of the prophets!"

But sometimes, things happen that have never happened before. Unique! Matchless! Things done in ways that have never been done before! Different prospects, new possibilities, with no antecedents, no precursors! Things like, say, redeeming the world! It's not a memory that's needed; it's faith! Believing! Not in what has been, but in what's yet to be! Sure, tradition's important! Even necessary! "Who am I," Jesus asks. And Peter says, "Tomorrow!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the 11th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 24 August 2017 14:45

the PRAYER...
God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
And [Jesus'] disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us." He answered them, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

Matthew 15:10-28

the DEVOTION...
I don't know what it is about us! As human beings! As god's people! We read verse after verse, Sunday after Sunday! But when a handful of words confuses us, our faith crumbles! Instead of hanging on to the 99.44% we know to be true, we're undone by that .56% we're unsure of! But there was that time...

That one time when the Canaanite - the Palestinian - woman came to Jesus! Jesus the Israelite! Jesus the Jew! "Have mercy," she shouted! He ignored her! And the woman said, "This isn't you!" Jesus said, "I wasn't sent to people like you!" And she said, "I don't believe you!" Jesus said, "It's not fair!" She knelt before him and said, "Yet even the dogs!"

No matter what Jesus did, no matter what he said, she knew - knew without a doubt - that he cared! And Jesus was amazed! "Lord, help me," she said, "Help me and help my daughter!" And Jesus said, "Amen!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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