Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sermon from July 12

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 10
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 07 12 Pentecost VII EHB

Sermon from 7/5/2015

The Rev. Randy A. Knutson
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost:  Proper 9
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 07 05 Pentecost VI RAK

Am I a prophet? Are you a prophet? Can we be prophets?

The lessons today are about what it is to be a prophet and especially Jesus’ reception as one in his hometown. The passage from Ezekiel is part of the calling of this Old Testament prophet who was in exile in Babylon at the time. He was called upon to accuse and encourage the people of Israel in a far and distant land; in a place where there seemed to be no positive future ahead of them. What is a prophet?
In Seminary, as we studied and it came to prophets in the Old Testament and the books called prophets, we students had to try to pin down what we thought prophets were. We came up with a variety of answers, probably similar to what I would receive from you. One description I recently read was “wizened old men, thundering out God’s judgement upon an unrepentant and unreceptive people.” Boy does that sound Old Testament! It continues, “Prophecy, in that picture, is God’s message showing how current actions are against God’s will and predicting dire consequences. Sometimes the warning is accompanied by a promise of peace, prosperity and blessing if people will repent and return to God’s will.”
Well, that more or less sums up some of what we came up with in class. But there are two other things that are ‘impressions’ of prophets that I should bring up.

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