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Sunday August 21st

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Sunday August 21st

Lessons: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 13:10-17

Message: Maybe Tomorrow

Our lessons this Sunday are, on the surface, seemingly unrelated. In Jeremiah, we hear God calling a reluctant young, faithful Jew to a life of prophecy for the people of Israel. In Luke, Jesus is healing a sick woman, but on the Sabbath when Jewish law insists that the faithful not work, and so is being reprimanded by temple leadership.

What both of these have in common is a sense of timing. Jeremiah claims youth (it is believed that he was just a young teenager when he was called) as justification for not answering God’s call. In Luke the synagogue leaders claim there is a time and place for everything, and that healing’s time is not on the Sabbath.

However, in both of these instances there is an urgency present: God does not have time to wait for Jeremiah to come of age and Jesus does not believe that this woman ought to wait another second (or day to be healed.)

The question for us is, what are we waiting for? And what is behind our choice to wait to act? And finally, how do we see a difference between reaction and urgency

See you Sunday!

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