Tuesday, October 5, 2010

October 24 Sermon - Part One

My next preaching date is October 24. Here are the readings assigned for that Sunday:

Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22
Psalm 84:1-7
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
Luke 18:9-14

Here's the NRSV translation of the Gospel text:

18:9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
18:10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
18:11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
18:12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.'
18:13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner!'
18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted."

October 24 is the final Sunday before the "pledge" Sunday at King of Kings, so a stewardship theme will certainly be appropriate. I think this will be a fun text to preach.

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