Even though we’re still very much a consumer culture, nowadays it’s cool to recycle, reuse and re-value stuff others might throw away. Jesus did that with people. Jesus saw worth in everyone. He knew the truth that God created everything good. Of course quite predictably, he encountered resistance from members of polite society.
20th Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Reflection, October 18,2009
As stewards of the gospel we are called to drink from Jesus’ cup and walk wet in the waters of his baptism. Those who put this cup to their lips will know suffering; their eyes will be opened to see the world through Jesus’ eyes. Do we dare wish this? (Photo by LifeSuperCharger. Thanks!)
Susan K. Hedahl, professor of homiletics, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, offers tips for sermons and temple talks. “Ask what the stewardship profile of your congregation is — Before public proclamation, it is necessary to ask: Where have we been? As a congregation, what gifts do we already employ for ourselves and others? Where do we hope to be in the months, the years ahead? Which resources do we need to consider, expand, develop?