Category Archives: Book of Common Prayer

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 Lent: Year B

Offering One’s Life Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:22-30 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38 What does it mean to live with full faith and trust in God’s promises, when the reality of what we see and hear appear to be at odds … 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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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 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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Updated Holy Week Liturgies in the BCP

The Episcopal Church¬†Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music¬†(SCLM) has issued the following statement concerning inconsistencies between the Revised Common Lectionary and the Holy Week Liturgies of the Book of Common Prayer. The statement was prepared during the SCLM meeting in … Continue reading

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The Presentation of Our Lord – February 2, 2011

    Mine eyes have seen the Savior . . . Malachi 3:1-4 Psalm 84 or 84:1-6 Hebrews 2:14-18 Luke 2:22-40 It has been 40 days since the Nativity, a day in Jewish tradition when a woman who has been … Continue reading

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