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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 22, Year A

Fruits of the Kingdom Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Psalm 19 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 This Sunday we have another parable located in a vineyard. The story is an allegory: the landowner is God, the vineyard is Israel, and the tenants … 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 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 16, Year A

The Foundation of Faith Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 It remains a perennial problem. We know we are God’s children through water and the word. We know the gifts of the Spirit are ours through the community. … 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 12, Year A

The hidden power of the kingdom of God Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Today’s gospel reading is a challenging series of parables about the “kingdom of heaven.” While the subject of the … Continue reading

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The Season after Pentecost: Proper 11, Year A

Wheat or Weeds? Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23 or Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds (King James … Continue reading

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