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July 24, 2022

Church of the Servant

7th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 12, Year C
Luke 11:1-13
Click the Audio Link below to hear the Sermon 
(The second link below includes both the Gospel reading and the Sermon.)

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Dan Gunderson, “A self-serve grocery store helps feed a small Minnesota town, National Public Radio, July 15, 2022, https://www.npr.org/2022/07/15/1111409130/a-self-serve-grocery-store-helps-feed-a-small-minnesota-town, Accessed July 22, 2022.

Amy-Jill Levine and Ben Witherington III, Parable of the Pushy Pal, The Gospel of Luke: New Cambridge Bible Commentary, Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp.  315-317, 330-331.

Christ Church Episcopal, Norcross, GA
10th Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 12
Luke 11:1-13

(Gospel Text provided below)

Today I’ll be sharing the pulpit with a couple folks who will be talking about Stewardship of Relationship. One is a member of Daughters of the King and the other is in the Order of St. Luke – both are prayer ministries at Christ Church. I don’t think the date was chosen based on the lectionary, so the fact that we’ve been provided with the quintessential gospel text for prayer gives some extra creds to the Holy Spirit!

And while prayer is certainly a way that we can be stewards of relationships with one another, it’s also a good way to be stewards of our relationship with God.

So with that in mind, what does this passage from Luke’s gospel tell us about prayer?

Prayer, in its simplest definition, is a way of connecting with God. Yet interestingly, the passage points out that it’s not instinctive. Prayer is actually a learned behavior. Even the disciples, these learners that are following Jesus, ask to be taught how to pray.

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