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The Best Translation

The greatest among you must be your servant
Matthew 23:1-12

Sermon Topic Servanthood

Sermon Week Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 23:10


In an old comedy routine, a famous film actor receives a telephone call from an advertising agency executive who says, "We want you to pose for a Gilby's Gin billboard." To which the actor replies, "I'm afraid I can't do that. You see, I don't drink, and even if I did it wouldn't be gin. It would be dishonest for me to do the ad. I can't be hypocritical." The voice on the other end of the line says, "Your fee would be one hundred thousand dollars." There is a pause, then the actor says, "I'll think it over." He then goes to his pastor for counsel. "Can I take the money?" he asks. "It would be morally wrong for you to do the ad," the pastor advises. So the actor calls the ad man. "Sorry," he says, I can't do the ad." Several weeks later, the actor rides past a billboard in which his pastor appears, holding up a bottle of Gilby's Gin.

Joking aside, it's simply amazing how money or other inducements can cause us to reverse our values suddenly. This is especially true of the constant shifting of values that takes place between the time we spend here in Church and the time we spend "out there," during the week.

This time in Church is a good time. We can look forward to it each week with a deep sense of awe and wonder: What is God going to do in this time of special Grace? Good things can happen to you in Church when God becomes present in a special way. In a worship setting such as this you can feel light come into your life as never before: new hope, new insights, new approaches to old
problems, new levels of understanding of family, of neighbor, of friend, of enemy. A worship experience can enrich your life in so many ways if you are open to the possibilities and the surprises that may come as a result. With a God like ours we never know what might be happening next during our worship experience.

But sometimes [...]

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