The Rev. David Gunderson’s Sermon, Sept. 27, 2015

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The Lessons for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Collect of the Day

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

The First Lesson: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29

The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we used to eat in Egypt for nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the LORD became very angry, and Moses was displeased. So Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you treated your servant so badly? Why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give birth to them, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a sucking child,’ to the land that you promised on oath to their ancestors? Where am I to get meat to give to all this people? For they come weeping to me and say, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you are going to treat me, put me to death at once—if I have found favor in your sight—and do not let me see my misery.” So the LORD said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tent of meeting, and have them take their place there with you.” So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again.

Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men, said, “My lord Moses, stop them!” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!”

The Psalm: Psalm 124

1

If the LORD had not been on our side, *

let Israel now say;

2

If the LORD had not been on our side, *

when enemies rose up against us;

3

Then would they have swallowed us up alive *

in their fierce anger toward us;

4

Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *

and the torrent gone over us;

5

Then would the raging waters *

have gone right over us.

6

Blessed be the LORD! *

he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

7

We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *

the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

8

Our help is in the Name of the LORD, *

the maker of heaven and earth. 

The Second Lesson: James 5:13-20

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

 

The Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

John said to Jesus, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell., And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell, where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched. “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

The Prayers of the People

Response:  Amos 5:24

Gracious God, we offer prayers today for all who gather in your Name, for ourselves, and for the world:  open the eyes of our hearts, O God, and help us recognize your presence in ourselves, in all our brothers and sisters, and everywhere in Creation;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Give to us inquiring and discerning hearts; help us to feel the pain of injustice, poverty, and oppression, and give us the courage to respond;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Help us to recognize our true needs, and strengthen us to live more simply, with greater trust, and to share more freely;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Help us to see the stranger as our neighbor,

and help us grow in friendship and concern for one another;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Bless and heal all who are ill in body, mind, or soul;

and comfort those who grieve, especially:_________;

Let justice roll down like waters,

and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Help us, when we know what is right, to do what is right; and let our practice always be to speak the truth in love to one another;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Bless and guide the work we undertake, and make it fruitful;

Let justice roll down like waters,

      and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

May your kingdom come, O God, and your will be done;

On earth as it is in heaven!  Alleluia!

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