Today we welcome Reverend Dr. Ellen Blue as guest preacher. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at Phillips Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Reverend Blue holds the Ph.D. from Tulane University and her M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She is an ordained elder in the Louisiana Conference of the UMC. Her new book, Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission, commemorates the United Methodist Women’s 150th anniversary.

Gospel Lesson | Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” This is the Gospel of the Lord. Thanks be to God!

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