Tag Archives: Discipleship

The Season after Pentecost: Proper 21, Year A

True righteousness Exodus 17:1-17 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In these days of early autumn the parables of Jesus from Matthew’s gospel seem to pile on, one after the other. They are not only histories of confrontation between … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 20, Year A

God’s gracious compassion and generosity Exodus 16:2-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when … 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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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 17 Year A

The cost of discipleship Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 After Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (16:16), Jesus reveals the ultimate purpose of his ministry. These words prove … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 15, Year A

Faith brings salvation to all Genesis 45:1-5 Psalm 133 Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 Matthew 15 (10-20), 21-28 Midway through this green season of Pentecost, we are reminded about what it means to be church. Today we go deeper, as Jesus points … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 13, Year A

Food for mind and body Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 17:1-7, 16 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:13-21 After John the Baptist is murdered, Jesus desires a time of solitude. Still, his compassion for others will not allow him to dismiss those who need … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 10, Year A

Sow within us, God Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 119:105-112 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The Third Discourse of Matthew 13 consists of a number of parables on why some hear and accept the Gospel, while others reject it. This was an … Continue reading

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