Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings—Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 14; I Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10 Today I will begin with the word “vengeance”.  Webster defines vengeance as “punishment given in return for an injury or offense”.  In ancient times it was not unusual for the offense of one man to be avenged by wiping out his entire family, or even…

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings– Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 One of my favorite images of God at work is the image from Jeremiah of a potter, shaping clay.  The image works for me because many times throughout my life I have been shaped by those loving, powerful hands, shaped and re-shaped, again and again. …

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1,10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Luke 14:1, 7-14 Part I  Additional readings from the Old Testament Exodus 23: 9                                                                                                                                                You shall not oppress a stranger; you know the heart of                                                    a stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Leviticus 19: 33-34                                                                                                                                                 When a stranger sojourns with…

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2,8-18; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56 From the Penitential Order found in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, p, 351: Jesus said, “The first commandment is this:  Hear, O Israel:                                              The Lord our God is the only Lord.  Love the Lord your God                                                with all your heart, with all…

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings- Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 50: 1-8,23-24; Hebrews 11: 1-3,8-16; Luke 12: 32-40 From the Gospel according to St. Luke Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit…                    for the Son of Man [Jesus] is coming at an unexpected hour… First, “have your lamps lit…”.  In the heat this summer we are constantly encouraged to…

Celebration of Independence
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Celebration of Independence

Readings: Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48 We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect                            union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the                              common defense, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings                         of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this                         constitution for…