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LCH Sermons—Time after Pentecost 2007 (June and July)

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 17—July 29, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Genesis 18:20–32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6–19; Luke 11:1–13
Summary: The Lord’s prayer is God’s “I love you” to us, and we have become so accustomed to saying it that we do not feel the depth of its meaning. We should think about what it means for us, how the gift is poured in prayer for us, and how when we go out from worship, we can pour that gift on the world.

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Mary Magdalene, Apostle—July 22, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Ruth 1:6–18; Psalm 73:23–29; Acts 13:26–33a; John 20:1–2, 11–18
Summary: On Easter morning, it was Mary Magdalene who got up and went to the tomb, so she was the first apostle—the first one sent to proclaim the resurrection. She didn’t sit in the garden; she got up, ran, and told others. In the same way,we should go out and proclaim the good news of God’s grace.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 15—July 15, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:9–14; Psalm 25:1–9; Colossians 1:1–14; Luke 10:25–37
Summary: Today’s Gospel lesson—the familiar story of the Good Samaritan—is hard to hear partly because it is hard to live up to. Broken and battered as we are, we are called to draw near to those who suffer, just as God drew near to this broken and battered world in Jesus Christ. Our compassion is not sufficient to welcome and heal everyone, but it will be enough to show God’s abundant compassion.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 14—July 8, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Isaiah 66:10–14; Psalm 66:1–8; Galatians 6:1–16; Luke 10:1–11, 16–20
Summary: Today’s Gospel lesson (in which Jesus sends the seventy out to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God) may make us uncomfortable because it seems like the first evangelism effort. But Jesus is serious about sharing the good news to those who will hear. We are called not to knock on doors but to knock on lives.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 13—July 1, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: 1 Kings 19:15–16, 19–21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:1, 13–25; Luke 9:51–62
Summary: We are called to journey with Jesus to Jerusalem: to give up our excuses, to let go of those things which hold us in place, and to bear fruit.

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John the Baptist—June 24, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Malachi 3:1–4; Psalm 141; Acts 13:13–26; Luke 1:57–80
Summary: Rather than being the messenger Malachi talks about who will refine away impurities, John is “the prophet of the Most High” who will “go before the Lord to prepare the way” because God has “looked favorably up God’s people and will redeem them.”

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 11/Reconciling in Christ Sunday—June 17, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley, Jim Cartwright, Fritz Fritschel
Lessons: 2 Samuel 11:26—12:10, 13–15; Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15–21; Luke 7:36—8:3
Summary: All three speakers shared stories of their development as individuals and our development as a church and a denomination in welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities to the sacramental and general life of the church.

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Time after Pentecost • Lectionary 10—June 10, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: 1 Kings 17:17–24; Psalm 30; Galatians 1:11–24; Luke 7:11–17
Summary: The usual trajectory for humans is from life to death, but today’s lessons center on movement from death to life. They are examples of how God works through the Holy Spirit to remake us as individual and as communities. God sends us out to be breath and life and tender hand for the world moves us again and again from death to life.

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Trinity Sunday—June 3, 2007

Preacher: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Lessons: Proverbs 8:1–4, 22–31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1–5; John 16:12–15
Summary: The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not perfect, but it is our way to begin to get at the mystery of God. And it is God’s way of saying, “I love you in so many ways that you cannot begin to comprehend.”

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