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Sermon for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos, CA
Readings: Amos 5:18-24, Psalm 70, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13
Since I preached this one with an outline rather than a manuscript, I’ll provide you with the full Gospel reading (the main focus of the sermon) below. I think sermons are better heard than read anyway, so click ye olde play button above to listen to the live recording.
The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten young women took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight, there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then, all those young women got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet, and the door was shut. Later, the other young women came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
P.S. If you’re an avid listener of my sermons, I’d love to hear how this one lands in comparison to my manuscripted sermons (like these):
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