21PentC10/9/16Trusting


Introduction:

The Gospel story of the 10 lepers, one of whom returns to give thanks (the "foreigner," by the way) in Luke 17, is often read on Stewardship Sunday or on Thanksgiving.  Surely gratitude is a lesson to continually keep learning.  But, there is another more subtle but just as important message here as well as in the O.T. reading of Naaman's healing (2Kings 5:1-15).  In some ways, it is a harder "practice" than being grateful--and perhaps even more important.  What might that be?  How could it apply to us personally, and then to our congregation which will soon be in transition......?