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Get Into The Circle!

**The seventy-two came back rejoicing** (Luke 10:17).
Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalms 66:1-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18: Luke 10:1-12,17-20

Sermon Topic Evangelism

Sermon Week Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 10:17


A pre-school teacher found an exciting new thing to do with her class. She wrote a song about popcorn and taught it to the children. Then she had all the little children crouch down on the floor, and at the appropriate point in the song, they would all pop up. She had them popping up all over the room, singing the popcorn song. However, one little boy named Greg remained crouched on the floor. He just wouldn't pop up. The teacher finally asked Greg what was wrong. "Why don't you pop up like the other children?" Greg replied, "I'm stuck on the bottom of the pan."

I've had days like that. Haven't we all had days like that -- times when we need to get popping but we feel "stuck at the bottom of the pan."

In this, our act of community worship, God has gathered us together to experience the immediacy of His Presence. This means drawing closer to God, as a Church ... as a People. This is our great gift from the Lord Jesus. Because we are Jesus' followers we can enter into deep communion with God in this unique, life-enriching way. But this "gathering together" is not the total experience. There is a second part to it, without which the first part loses its meaning.

The same God who gathers us together to experience His Presence, scatters us into the world to witness to His Love.

The same God who reveals Himself to us here, reveals Himself to the world through us.

The same God who makes it possible for us to breathe in the Holy Spirit, requires us to breathe the Holy Spirit out.

If we only breathe in and never breathe out, in this sense, the Holy Spirit has no real meaning in our lives. Spiritually, our lives are on "hold." In terms of moving ever closer to God in Jesus Christ, we need to get unstuck, from the bottom of the pan.

In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus instructs seventy-two disciples who have been experiencing the immediacy of His Presence to go out into the world proclaiming [...]

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