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What's Your Cry, What's Your Request? Pray Like Bartimaeus.

Pray Like Bartimaeus A sermon preached October 28, 2012 The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector, The Falls Church Episcopal Jesus and his disciples came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight an

What Do You Want God To Do For You?

“What Do You Want Me To Do For You?” A sermon preached October 21, 2012 The Rev. John Ohmer, Rector, The Falls Church Episcopal James and John, the sons of Zeb'edee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.   So Jesus called them and said to them, “Yo

Marriage and Divorce

Note: Most of our congregation was away at our all-parish retreat at Shrine Mont, leading to a small turnout "back home" in church, and so I thought I'd post my sermon text here for those who want to read it.  Truth be told, this isn't exactly what I ended up actually preaching -- in fact at the 9:00 service, immediately after the sermon, one worshiper raised his hand and asked a question and challenged me a bit, which threw me off for just a second -- but then I found I enjoyed the back and forth so much I wish that conversation...a back and forth, not just a "delivered sermon" were more of a custom in more churches.  At any rate, here's my text, for those interested:   Marriage and Divorce A sermon preached by the Rev. John Ohmer, Rector, The Falls Church Episcopal, Falls Church, Virginia, October 7, 2012 Some Pharisees came, and to test Jesus they asked, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" He answered t