Welcome to the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Season B. This sermon was preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Gardner, MA. We are coming close to the end of the church year. This week the sermon focused on challenges in reading the Bible and hearing Jesus’ voice. What is Jesus telling us to do in the world today? How can we care for one another? The scripture readings for the day are 1 Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28 and Mark 12:38-44.
Enjoy the latest episode of Livin’ on Grace with Pastor Joe McGarry.
In this sermon Pastor Joe explores these ideas:
When I read something on email, or a text or on Facebook — I have a sense of how I hear that person talking to me. Sometimes I am right but sometimes I am wrong.
When we read the Bible there are no lol’s or smiley faces, or other types of indication in the Bible as to the tone of voice, or the impact of one persons words on the people around them.
Jesus sees what is happening in the Temple. Even after he turns over the tables. And he doesn’t like what he sees. Now the robes and all the fancy things that people are wearing are one thing. But the problem is — the heart of the scribes and those who walk around thinking that they are important or better than someone else.
Now we can hear this in two ways. We can hear it Jesus praising this woman for giving all that she has or we can hear it with sorrow in his voice.
Are we using the gifts that we have been giving wisely. Are we thankful for all that everyone gives to the church?
Read the Sermon
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