Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon for Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012

The Feast of Saint Francis

The Blessing of the Animals

The First Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-3

“Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters;

and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Hearken diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight

yourselves in fatness.  Incline your ear, and come to me;

hear, that your soul may live.

Reponse:  A Canticle of Creation

Sun and moon, stars of the sky,

 glorify God, the Creator of all.

     Showers of rain, wind, fire, and heat;

     Winter and summer, glorify God;

O chill and cold, dewdrops and snow,

     Frost, ice and sleet, glorify God;

O shining light and enfolding dark,

     Storm clouds and thunderbolts, glorify God,

O mountains and hills, valleys and plains,

     Springs of water, seas, and streams,

     O whales and all that swim in the deep,

     O beasts of the wild, all flocks and herds,

     All birds of the air, glorify God, Creator of all.

O men and women, sing praise and give thanks,

Give praise and high exaltation forever,

Give praise and high exaltation forever!

The Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 6:2-10

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!

We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute.

We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

The Gospel: Luke 12:22-32

Jesus said to his disciples:

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat,

or about your body, what you will wear.

23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap,

they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.

Are you not as valuable as the birds?

25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour

to your span of life?*

26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow:

they neither toil nor spin;* yet I tell you,

even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is gone, how much more will he clothe you—

oh, you of little faith!

29Do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry.

People everywhere 30strive after all these things,

and your Father knows that you need them.

31Instead, strive for his* kingdom,

and these things will be given to you as well.

32Do not be afraid, little flock; it is your Father’s good pleasure

to give you the kingdom.

33Sell your possessions, and give alms.

Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out,

an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near

and no moth destroys.

34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

 

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