Grace: It's Our Way of Life

As Episcopal Christians we
Worship at home daily and together weekly;
Study the Scriptures, our tradition, and what it means to be a disciple today;
Serve our families, our parish, and our world in the name of Christ.

Everything we do is done with an ethic of Welcome
because we are only here by Grace.

11 September 2012

Sermon, Pentecost XV, Year B, 9 September 2012 - Pottery, Fire, and the Lenses We Wear

This week we look at Jesus confronting and then healing the Syro-phoenician woman's daughter. The story calls us to look at the lenses through which we look at other people and see someone other than children of God. We are called to see differently because we are disciples of the Christ who goes into Tyre and confronts the lenses of his time, his people. Can we see past ours?

And yes, I really believe that politics belong at church. You have to listen and speak to other children of God with all the grace you expect from God.

The Collect

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 125
James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17
Mark 7:24-37

*"The scholars" I refer to in this case really is D. Mark Davis, a Presbyterian pastor who writes the blog "Left Behind and Loving It." I followed his sources from this week to Josephus.