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Which Is Me? His Name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations
Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

Sermon Week The Ascension of The Lord Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 24:47

In the much-beloved film the "Wizard of Oz,” a great cyclone strikes in the state of Kansas, transporting young Dorothy to a strange land called Oz. She meets three very engaging characters -- a scarecrow, a tin woodsman and a cowardly lion. Dorothy discovers that the scarecrow would like more than anything else to have a brain; that the tin woodsman, above all else, longs to have a heart; that the cowardly lion wants most of all to be courageous. Dorothy and her three new acquaintances then set out together in search of the one and only Wizard of Oz who would show them how to satisfy all their needs and wants -- how to solve all their problems. The journey turns out to be a hazardous one. But despite all kinds of obstacles, they manage to get through it all. The point of the story is the way they manage to work their way through. Whenever some physical danger threatens them, it is always the cowardly lion who fights his way out of it. Whenever they face an obstacle that requires some brain work to avoid, it is the brainless scarecrow who comes up with the answer. As for the tin woodsman, who is in search of a heart, he demonstrates such a capacity for empathy that they keep an oil can handy to prevent his free-flowing tears from rusting his joints. Finally, they arrive at their destination and the Wizard of Oz points out that each of them already possesses that which they had traveled so far to obtain. The wisdom of the story is that to acquire the human qualities we need for our life's fulfillment, we must be willing to take the first step. And once we take that first step, we already have what we need to become the kind of persons God created us to be.

A tourist was passing through a picturesque village when he came upon an old resident sitting beside a tree. "Were any great men born in this village?" the tourist asked. "No," the old man replied, "only babies."

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