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September 2nd, 2017

Sermon preached at Christ Church, MD in La Plata & Newburg, MD on September 3, 2017

13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17) Year A, RCL: Exodus 3:1-15; Ps. 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

I speak to you in the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

I wonder: Have you ever considered which of Jesus’ disciples you might be most like?  There were twelve of them; thirteen, in fact, if you count Matthias, chosen by lot to replace Judas Iscariot.  So, you have options.  Something is known about each of them, but not always fully for all of them.  Except for Judas, all are remembered through Feast Days in the life of our Church.  Check the Church calendar!  You can learn more about the disciples through several different books: Lesser Feasts & Fasts; Holy Women, Holy Men; or the latest iteration, A Great Cloud of Witnesses.

For the longest time, I resonated strongly with Peter when he was first called by Jesus.  Several years ago, I truly ‘dropped my net’ to follow Jesus (leaving a 26+ year career at VISA USA, the bankcard company, and excellent salary and benefits), not knowing where or to what it would take me.  I sensed that God was calling me into something new, but I never imagined (though others seemed to know, and tried to tell me) that ministry of a different kind, shape, and way, was what lay ahead for me.  

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