The Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon for Sept. 8, 2013

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The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Collect of the Day

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The First Lesson: Ecclesiastes 1:1-10

The words of the Teacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?

A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever.

The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hurries to the place where it rises.

The wind blows to the south, and goes round to the north;

round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.

All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full;

to the place where the streams flow, there they continue to flow.

All things are wearisome, more than one can express;

the eye is not satisfied with seeing or the ear filled with hearing.

What has been is what will be, and what has been done

is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.

Is there a thing of which it is said, ‘See, this is new’?

It has already been, in the ages before us.

The Psalm: Psalm 139: 1-5, 12-17

1          LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *
you know my sitting down and my rising up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.

2          You trace my journeys and my resting-places *
and are acquainted with all my ways.

3          Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *
but you, O LORD, know it altogether.

4          You press upon me behind and before *
and lay your hand upon me.

5          Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *
it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

12         For you yourself created my inmost parts; *
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

13         I will thank you because I am marvelously made; *
your works are wonderful, and I know it well.

14         My body was not hidden from you, *
while I was being made in secret

and woven in the depths of the earth.

15         Your eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb;
all of them were written in your book; *
they were fashioned day by day,

when as yet there was none of them.

16         How deep I find your thoughts, O God! *
how great is the sum of them!

17         If I were to count them,

they would be more in number than the sand; *
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours.

The Second Lesson: Philemon 1-21

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, and to Philemon our dear friend and co-worker; to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty,

yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

The Gospel: Luke 14:25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the term of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”

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