Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Genesis 45: 1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 1-2a,29-32; Matthew 15: 10-28 The Prayer of the Church is the Lord’s Prayer, the “Our Father”.  Every Sunday, we pray together at the conclusion of the Great Thanksgiving, just before the climactic “Breaking of The Bread” – “The Gifts of God for the People of God”.  Morning…

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Readings: Genesis 37:1-4,12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Mathew 14: 22-33 This morning’s sermon grows out of reflection on two Biblical figures in our readings today—Joseph from our Old Testament reading, and Peter from our Gospel reading.  Joseph is called a dreamer by his brothers, and Peter is portrayed as a risk taker who…

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Reading – Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-11,22-23; Romans 8:12-25; Mathew 13:24-30, 36-43 Our proper collect for today begins with these words — Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom,                                                                                   you know our necessities before we ask                                                                                    and our ignorance in asking… What are our necessities?  Talk about a big question.  What do we need to live? …

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Independence Day Celebration Readings-Deuteronomy 10: 17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11: 8-16; Matthew 5: 43-48 These readings for the Celebration of Independence push us forward rather than allow us to look backward.  First, Deuteronomy.  Our God loves strangers and executes justice for those with little hope or standing, the orphan and the widow.  So, we as…

Third Sunday after Pentecost
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Third Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Genesis 18:1-15,21:1-7; Psalm 116:1,10-17; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8-23 Do you know anyone named Grace?  I came up with three.  A bricklayer’s daughter from Philadelphia, Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.  The lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick.  A violinist and now a music teacher in Gettysburg, a Second Sunday musician who grew up…