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November 8th, 2017

Sermon: Do As I Say, Not As I Do.

Sermon preached at Christ Church, La Plata & Newburg (Wayside), MD on November 5, 2017

22nd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26) Year A, RCL: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit, and we shall be created, and you shall renewthe face of the earth.  Amen.

As I was growing up, I compiled an arsenal of sayings from my parents that I swore I’d never say to my own children.  You know, things like, “You’re not leaving the house dressed like that!” or “Wipe that expression off your face right now!” or “Just wait until your mother gets home!”  (I heard that one from my older sister while my Navy father was out to sea!)  However, there was that Top of the List saying which reeked of the sort of adult hypocrisy that teenagers love to latch onto.  I don’t recall specific instances, for I’m sure there were several, if not many, or any teenager behaviors that elicited these exact words, but I clearly hear my mother saying, “Do as I say, and not as I do!”

        “Do as I say.  Not as I do!”

As self-centered and uncompromising as only teenagers can be, no one, particularly a teenager wants to hear that!  All these years later, I still feel a sense of indignation and outrage at the notion that my mother, or even my father, wanted to hold me to a standard of behavior they could not bring about for themselves!

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