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The Rev. Jason Micheli

Jason Micheli: A Sheep Without Verbs

John 10:11-18

4th Sunday of Easter - Year B

April 22, 2018

The Rev. Jason Micheli (UMC)

My first funeral sermon 16 years ago flopped. "It didn't sound like you knew him at all," a worshipper told me on the way out of the funeral home chapel. "Uh, I didn't know him at all," I replied. I was just a student. I didn't know then - they don't warn you in seminary - that most lay people consider it the mark of a good funeral sermon when the preacher sounds like he knows the deceased.

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The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom

Paul Tellstrom: All He Has

Luke 17:11-19

20th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 09, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom (UCC)


The account is short and it brings us a reminder of life in the pre-scientific world.  "As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him.  Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'" 

For centuries there were people who were afflicted with all sorts of diseases and conditions that today, with gratitude to the scientific and medical community, no one ever need fear again.  The drama that unfolds today is confirmation of the strength of fear.  Here are ten souls, walking at a distance away from the main road as they were bound to do by law because of their condition.  These were people who were born with real hopes and dreams-they once walked with purpose and meaning with their peers, and now-due to the accident of being in some place or other where they contracted this disease, their lives were as good as over. 

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