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Ash Wednesday: Fast, Pray, Act

We are but dust Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 OR Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Vestiges of the early church’s experience of public penance still exist in the ceremony … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Year A

Name the child “Emmanuel” Isaiah 7:10-17 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus includes a quotation from Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called … Continue reading

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Pentecost, Year C: Proper 27

The resurrection of the dead is proclaimed Haggai 1:15b – 2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22 or Psalm 98 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 We are coming to the concluding weeks of the season of Pentecost. Our next season, Advent, begins … Continue reading

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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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Pentecost, Year C: Proper 24

We are to preach, teach, and live the faith. Jeremiah 31:27-34 Psalm 119:97-104 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 In today’s New Testament reading, Paul tells Timothy to remember from whom he learned the truths of faith, to proclaim the message, … Continue reading

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Pentecost: Year C, Proper 23

God is faithful. Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 Psalm 66:1-11 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19 Jesus encounters all kinds of people on his journeys. Those who are outsiders, outcasts, and at the lowest end of the social structure receive special attention from … Continue reading

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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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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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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 Season after Pentecost,Year B – Proper 22: October 7, 2012

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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