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The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell

God Has Plans for You

Jeremiah 29:1,4-14

21st Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 13, 2013

The Rev. Dr. James C. Howell (UMC)

An earworm--I think that's what they call the song you get stuck in your head.  And it's never one of my favorites, like a Led Zeppelin riff or a Bach chorale.  No, it's always something like "It's a small world after all."  We get little messages stuck in our heads too, like "You'll never amount to anything" or "Look out for #1" or "I need a drink" or "You deserve a break."

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The Rev. J. C. Austin

Changing Plans

Luke 10:1-11,16-20

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

July 07, 2013

The Rev. J. C. Austin (PCUSA)

 

If this story from Luke 10 tells us anything, it tells us that you do not want Jesus organizing volunteers at your church.  Can you imagine?  Everybody's milling around in coffee hour after the service, chatting and laughing and getting caught up with each other, and then Jesus steps into the middle of the room, clearing his throat and holding up a clipboard as he says loudly:  "Excuse me, can I have everyone's attention for a minute?  I still need seventy volunteers for a service opportunity this week.  This is a great chance to go out into strange and dangerous neighborhoods and invite yourselves into people's homes.  It will be like you are defenseless lambs sent out alone into the midst of ravenous wolves.  Oh, and please remember not to bring anything that might make it easier or safer or more comfortable for you to do that, okay?  So just come on over here and we'll get you all signed up. Thank you!"  That's no way to recruit volunteers!  How's he expect anyone to come?  Everyone knows you have to sell it: tell people it won't be hard, that anybody can do this; tell them it won't take a lot of time or effort; tell them everything will be set up for them, all they have to do is show up...you have to make it easy for them to commit, so your program can be a success.  What is he thinking?

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The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

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