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The Bus Is Waiting

As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit
Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9

Sermon Topic Word of God

Sermon Week Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 13:23


In a fascinating story of his journey across the United States with his pet dog, John Steinbeck tells of a Church service he attended during his travels in the State of Vermont. Tongue in cheek, he says,

The preacher spoke of Hell as an expert. Not the mush-mush Hell of these soft days, but a white-hot Hell served by technicians of the first order. This reverend brought us to a point where we could really understand it: a good hard-coal fire, plenty of draft, and a squad of devils who put their heart into their work -- and their work was me. I began to feel good all over ... this Vermont God cared enough about me to put my sins in a new perspective. Whereas they had been small and nasty and best forgotten, this preacher gave my sins some size and bloom and dignity. I hadn't been thinking very well of myself for some years, but if my sins had this dimension there was some pride left. I wasn't the naughty child after all, but a first rate sinner ... I felt so revived by this sermon that I put $5.00 in the collection plate. And afterward, out in front of the Church, I shook hands warmly with the preacher and as many of the congregation as I could. It gave me a lovely sense of evil-doing that lasted clear through till Tuesday.

I have no doubt that each one of us can identify in some way with Steinbeck's Vermont experience -- especially the part about the impact of the Sunday Sermon lasting "clear through till Tuesday."

Week-after-week we come to celebrate the Good News of a gracious God who loves us so much that he wants us to have wholeness of life. We come to celebrate the Good News of a God of Resurrection Power who transforms sickness into health, sorrow into joy, death into life. We come to celebrate the Good News of a caring God who becomes one of us to tell us that he loves us. Week-after-week we come to celebrate the Good News [...]

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