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The Season after Pentecost: Year C, Proper 16

Jesus brings God’s new covenant to the world Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 Today’s Gospel tells the story of Jesus healing a bent-over, crippled woman on the sabbath. Rather than rejoicing at the blessing received by the … Continue reading

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The Great Vigil of Easter

The Easter Vigil is the most important service of the Christian year. In the early church, the catechumens, their sponsors, and catechists gathered for an all-night storytelling session that culminated in baptism, the proclamation of the resurrection, and the Eucharist. … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday After Christmas

Adopted as Children of God Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 84 Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a Depending on what lectionary readings you choose today (there are several options: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 in which the Holy Family flees to Egypt; Luke 2:41-52 of the boy … 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 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 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: Proper 18, Year A

Conflict and Forgiveness Exodus 12:1-14 Psalm 149 Romans 13:8-14 Matthew 18:15-20 Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. We live in a world of conflict, just as Jesus and his followers did. At the center of any … Continue reading

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