Author Archives: Sharon Ely Pearson

About Sharon Ely Pearson

Editor and Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated

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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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 18, Year B

Showing Compassion Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 One of the statements we affirm in the Baptismal Covenant, with God’s help, is “to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 17, Year B

Piety and Worship Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This Sunday begins a four-week, semi-continuous reading of James. In today’s portion, this letter speaks of God’s person and gifts as being pure, encouraging … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 16, Year B

  Holy Space 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 Today’s Old Testament readings gives us a sense of the joy and awe of worship in holy space dedicated to the Lord. In the … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 15, Year B

The Logos 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Jesus draws a contrast between the “bread that came down from heaven” and the bread, or manna, of the Exodus. Those who ate that bread died. God had … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 14, Year B

For the Life of the World  2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 Today’s Gospel continues from the previous two weeks. The people had eaten a dinner that Jesus miraculously provided; perhaps now they will … Continue reading

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