August 25, 2019

C39: The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year C (2019)

Otis Moss, III

Otis Moss, III, the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois, a civil rights advocate, activist, and author who was recently recognized as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World,” begins today’s sermon on the bent-over woman from Luke 13:10-17 with the following story. “A small baby girl, 4.5 pounds, was born to Ed and Blanche. She was a sickly child…born in 1940…the 20th of 22 children. Before the age of five she dealt with measles, scarlet fever, and a variety of other diseases, and eventually was stricken with polio. She was told she would never walk again.” This baby’s grandmother never lost faith in a God who can heal. This baby turned out to be Olympic champion Wilma Rudolph. Moss says, “Your condition does not have to be your conclusion.” Jesus might have said the same thing.

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