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September 9, 2018

Thy Kingdom Come

Gospel: Mark 7:24-37

24From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, 25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

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, is that we should be mindful of the ways we can advance the kingdom by giving voice to the voiceless and by creating ways for people to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ amid so much bad news in the world. We as a community of believers help others to hear the gospel by giving voice to our own stories of what Jesus can do in our lives. It’s evangelism, it’s kingdom building, it’s sharing the joy of God’s love with our neighbors!

So all year we are going to build the kingdom like this – all year we are going to be looking at ways that we can help our neighbors, we are going to explore what it means to give voice to our own stories of faith, meet some new folks, spend time with the outsider and those that differ from us and hopefully discover that the kingdom of God is being built right here in our very own community of Conshohocken.

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