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November 20th, 2017

Sermon: Talents? Don't Bury 'Em. Use 'Em!

Sermon preached at Goodwin House, Alexandria, VA on November 19, 2017

24th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28) Year A, RCL: Zephaniah 1: 7, 12-18; Ps. 90:1-8, (9-11), 12; 1Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

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 renew the face of the earth.  Amen.

Almost 30 years ago now, the then assistant to the rector at Grace Church, Russell Road here in Alexandria, took the reins of my Education for Ministry (EfM) class after our rector had been elected bishop in Oklahoma. [That bishop is Bob Moody, and he and his wife Lance, are moving into Goodwin House Alexandria sometime in the coming months.]  Grace’s assistant rector was Mary Sulerud (some of you may know or remember Mary; she and I served together at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in 2012-2013.)  It was Mary who provided our EFM class with an exercise to create a personal one-sentence prayer.  It invited us to 1) consider how we saw God using a superlative and a title; 2) how we viewed ourselves; and 3) what it was that we sought through prayer.  Knowing there would be times when praying would be hard and less than forthcoming, this short prayer is always there for me, if needed, to begin talking with God.  My individual prayer still is: “Almighty Father, your Seeking Servant prays for Guidance.” 

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