Author Archives: Sharon Ely Pearson

About Sharon Ely Pearson

Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated

The Season after Pentecost: Proper 28, Year B

Hope for the future 1 Samuel 1:4-20 Canticle: The Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10) Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18), 19-25 Mark 13:1-8 In the Hebrew Bible reading we hear the story of the birth of the prophet Samuel, on whom the … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 24, Year B

Suffering and Servanthood Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 37b Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 Why do the righteous suffer? This is the third week we have had our Old Testament reading from the book of Job. It began with a conversation between … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 23, Year B

Riches distract Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 Stewardship is a life lived for God rather than for social and economic advantage. With election season in full force, one of the major issues continues to be about … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 22, Year B

The Sanctity of Human Relationships Job 1:1, 2-1-10 Psalm 26 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16 Discussions of what “marriage” means in today’s society in the United States has been a much debated topic in secular as well as sacred institutions … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 21, Year B

Celebrating Purim Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22 Psalm 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50 This Sunday we’ll take a diversion from the Gospel reading and focus on the Old Testament as it is a rare occasion that we hear the “voice” of … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 20, Year B

The Greatest of All Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 The disciples are caught up in a typical squabble about greatness and rank. According to Jesus, humility and service are the characteristic marks of success in the … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 19, Year B

Doers of the Word Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 or Wisdom 7:36-8:1 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38 What is required to live a life that is faithful to God? For the past three weeks (and next week) we have been hearing the … Continue reading

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