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God Will Not Abandon You

The Rev. Robert P. Travis Pentecost 22nd Sunday Sermon – 8:00am and 10:30am Church of the Ascension, Knoxville TN RCL Proper 25 Year B 10/28/2012 Scripture Text: Job: 42:1-6, 10-17, Psalm 34:1-8, Hebrews 7:23-28, Mark 10:46-52
 Sermon Text: Last week many of us with children were having fall break because of the Knox County School schedule. I was blessed to be able to take my kids down to my parents’ house in Florida, while Jackie stayed home to work at her new job. On the beach one afternoon I had an interesting experience.
I was standing there, talking to my dad, while watching my three kids in their various places. Jack was playing in the sand just a few steps away. Annalise was playing in the waves nearby. Eva Jane, my oldest, was playing in the waves where they had pushed her, a little further down the shore. The sun was bright, the waves fun, but not too high. There was a soft breeze. It seemed things couldn't get much better. As I listened to my dad talking to me, I kept…
19th Sunday After Pentecost: Oct. 7, 2012 The Episcopal Church of the Ascension The Presence of the Sacred in the Sanctuary The Reverend Dr. Howard J. Hess I. Introduction. The Celebration of Sanctuary: This morning, as a result of the outstanding efforts of our Stewardship Committee, we are celebrating the gift of sanctuary at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension. It goes without saying that God has blessed us with the incredible gift of this most beautiful space in which to worship, to enter into the Sacraments, and to fellowship together. Many have told me that in their opinion, God has gifted us with one of the most original and exquisite worship spaces in our city. I agree and hope that God will excuse my pridefulness. I look forward to hearing Bob Parrot’s tour of this sanctuary, following our 10:30 service. All are invited to participate. II. Sacred Space. Although it may appear that we might, in celebrating sanctuary, concentrate only on our physical space this morning…