Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
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Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; II Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10 This morning I will focus on the well-known passage from our Gospel according to St. Luke.  It occupies an important position in this Gospel, being placed just before the final approach of Jesus to Jerusalem, and the Holy Week narratives that begin…

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; II Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,                                     the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face                                                of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of                                                the waters. … the first day…the second day…the third…

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings – Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15; Psalm 91:1-6,14-16; I Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31 The Tortoise and the Hare, who remembers Aesop’s Fable?  The Hare races forward, way ahead, and then he stops and takes a nap.  The Tortoise lumbers toward the finish line, slow and steady.  He passes the sleeping Hare and crosses the finish line…

Wednesday Morning Bible Study – September – November 2022
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Wednesday Morning Bible Study – September – November 2022

1 Corinthians Paul founded the church in Corinth but discovers after he leaves that they have fallen into sin, error, and internal disputes. Paul writes this letter hoping to correct these problems. Come join the Bible Study Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am. 14 September           Session One         Paul opens with friendly greetings and then…

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…