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Do Not Be Afraid – Laity Sunday Message

The following sermon was delivered by Emily Ruppel on October 8. In our congregation we call this day Laity Sunday, because the Laity (non-clergy) are responsible for constructing, leading, and engaging one another in worship. It is a beautiful expression of who we are as a people of God. Emily's sermon was a beautiful engagement of vulnerable reflection on God's word, and I pray you find it valuable. Take it away, Emily...

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20Philippians 3:4b-14Matthew 21:33-46 One Sunday on vacation many years ago, Mom and Dad took my brothers and me to this outlandishly large contemporary church for one of their services. I remember feeling less like I was going to church and more like I was going to a concert. We were sat in auditorium-style seats listening to a modern-era praise band and a preacher who’d used a video in his sermon. I don’t remember much about that morning, not even which city we’d been in or how old I’d been, but I did remember the video.

It was of some…

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