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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

September 11, 2016

(I used an outline this week.  Hopefully it won't be difficult to follow.)

Gospel: Luke 15:1-10 
1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-14
2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

Share a story about something you've lost
Share a story about something you've found

We are undignified when we are looking for something/desperate
God looks undignified in this Gosepl reading
Not to have all the answers
Not to have others to do that for him
Looking through the vacuum bag for the diamond from my wedding ring
God not here to be dignified
otherwise God wouldn't
beg for us back
change God's mind
come as a baby
become our friend
get arrested
hang naked on the cross
Instead God came to be with us in relationship
Dignified is distant, separate, better
Our job is also not to be dignified
Instead we can be in relationship, care, compassion

Normally I don't care if I lose a penny.
I can eventually get over the loss of a pet, although I've never had a sheep
But we all understand the desperation when it is a child who gets lost
That's what God is looking for, a family member
We each have value to God and God knows the community is stronger when the lost are brought back

We are lost
lost in our search for dignity
We won't ask directions
We don't want our name called across the PA
However, God finds us and brings us home
back to the fold
it sure feels good, wholeness, shalom

We get to let go of dignity and start building relationships
Be vulnerable
be open to searching, looking desperate, because we all need each other desperately

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