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getting out the WORD - the 2nd sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:56

the PRAYER...
God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
"If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town."

Matthew 9:35-10:23

the DEVOTION...
Not all roads lead to Oz... Not all rainbows end in a pot of gold... Not all fairy tales have a happily ever after... Sometimes they, simply, end. And sometimes ministries are like that, as well. We'd like to think it's different. But it's not. And when it happens - as a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ - I have to tell you that's when many of "us" take Matthew 10:14 to heart. "If anyone will not listen, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave!"

But you know, I have a hard time believing Jesus would do anything like that. Pulling over at the city limit sign! Getting out of the car! Smacking his shoes together! Then getting back in the car, driving away, and never, ever looking back. Not the Jesus who forgives the ones who crucify him. The Jesus who invites the one without sin to throw the first stone. Who washes the feet of friends who abandon... deny... betray...

If anyone will not welcome? If anyone will not listen? What Would Jesus Do? I think he'd do what he's always done, do what he always does! Just keep on loving... and loving... and loving...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - holy trinity
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:40

the PRAYER...
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[And Jesus came and said to them,] "And remember, I am with you always...."

Matthew 28:16-20

the DEVOTION...
You know, I would have put money on it, I was that sure! I figured the odds were in my favor! I'd have bet that as soon as Jesus finished talking, he'd have been "taken up" into heaven! Everything pointed to it! The earthquake! The angel! The women! The guards! And now, when the Eleven are with Jesus in Galilee on the top of that mountain... Well, like I said, I'd have bet money that he'd ascend!

But there is no ascension in Matthew (or, for that mattter, in Mark or John)! No fiery chariot! No golden stairs! Not even a single, solitary pair of angel wings! He never leaves! He's never taken away! He never goes anywhere! Jesus speaks! "Go! Make disciples! Baptizing! Teaching!" And the story, simply, ends! Right then! Right there! With Jesus still standing... on the mountaintop... in Galilee... with the Eleven... his "last" words swirling around their heads... "I am with you - I'm with y'all - forever!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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