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The Season after Pentecost: Year C, Proper 20

Intercessory Prayer Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Psalm 70:1-9 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Intercessory prayer for the church and for the world must inform the life of the congregation. The church prays through its acts of healing and justice as well as … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Year C, Proper 18

Counting the Cost of Discipleship Jeremiah 18:1-11 Psalm 39:1-5, 12-17 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 The cross has long been the definitive symbol of Christianity and its founder. As early as the 50s of the first century, Paul used “the cross” … Continue reading

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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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