Unexpected Guests

Aug 20, 2023

Unexpected Guests

Passage: Isaiah 56:1

Preacher: Pastor Kurt Ebert

Series: Pentecost

Category: Calvary Lutheran Church

Keywords: prayer, welcome, perseverance, silence, honesty, inclusion, persistence


“Behold!” is a word of action. It focuses our attention on something that requires a closer look. Today, the Gospel of Matthew directs our attention to an unexpected guest, a woman who is far off from God in all the traditional categories, but today she draws near in a relentless pursuit of Jesus, as he is the only one who can help her. In the events that follow we see the simple, honest, and persistent prayer of a woman who might seem far off from God, but she is close to the heart of Jesus.


(Note: The recordings begin with the Gospel reading on which the sermon is based.)

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