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Plans & Unplans

Feb 21, 2021 | Lent, Megan Ramer, Narrative Lectionary - Year 3, Sermons

I make plans. I create checklists. Checking boxes on those checklists is one of my greatest joys. And I’m TOAST without my calendar and its checklists. But Luke’s gospel gives us two very familiar stories in a row (Jesus at the home of Martha & Mary, and the parable of the Samaritan that many call ‘good’), and when taken together, a thread emerges. A thread of invitation beyond the plans. Even the Very Good Plans that we have for our time, our money, our energy. This does not mean that plans are inherently bad; they just occasionally prevent us from being present and responsive to an opportunity or person presented to us, in a moment for which we didn’t plan. Which of these was a neighbor to the suffering one? The one who (chucked their plans and) showed mercy. Go and do likewise… [sermon begins at 23:25]



Megan M Ramer



Narrative Lectionary – Year 3 – Lent



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  • Be Thou My Vision –  Text: 10 10 10 10; ancient Irish; tr. by Mary E. Byrne, 1905; fr. Eleanor Hull’s The Poem Book of the Gael, 1913, alt. Music: Trad. Irish melody; adapt. fr. The Church Hymnary, 1927.

 Additional Resources

  • God is Here Among Us Voices Together #62 – Tune: Jaochim Neander, 1680; Text: Gerhard Tersteegen,1729
  • The Love of God Voices Together #162 – Tune & Text: F.M. Leaman, 1917; arr. Claudia Lehman Mays
  • Heart with Loving Heart United Voices Together #62 Tune: adapt. From “Sollen nun die Grunen Jahre, ca. 1700; Text: Nicolaus L. von Zinzendorf, 1723, trans. Walter Klaassen © 1965

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