Category Archives: Book of Common Prayer

Thanksgiving

All our many blessings come from God’s good creation. Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 100 Philippians 4:4-9 John 6:25-35 The church recognizes the traditional Thanksgiving holiday as a holy day for our land, life, and heritage. We are called to be faithful … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 24, Year A

Power & Authority Exodus 33:12-23 Psalm 99 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:1-15 Today’s Gospel is a timely one, as the gap between rich and poor continues to grow. We are a nation of economic privilege, yet the divide grows larger … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 23, Year A

The Messianic Banquet Exodus 32:1-14 Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Two parables are in today’s Gospel reading: the invitation to the wedding feast and the wedding garment. The first parable suggests that the Kingdom of God will become … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost, Year C: Proper 26

God’s covenant demands justice Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm 119:137-144 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12 Luke 19:1-10 God’s covenant in both the Hebrew scriptures and Christian testament demands justice. Without justice, praise and sacrifice are empty acts that do not make God’s … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Holy Name – January 1

The Naming of Jesus Numbers 6:22-27 Psalm 8 Galatians 4:4-17 OR Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 2:15-21 God’s identity is revealed as “merciful” and “gracious” (Exodus 34:6). Jesus’ name has significance: it is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, meaning … 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 Second Sunday of Easter, Year B

Of One Heart and Soul Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1 – 2:2 John 20:19-31 Sunday evening finds Jesus’ disciples huddled together behind locked doors. Though Mary had given the good news, many likely doubted. The … Continue reading

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