How Shall We Pray?

First Reading Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22 Psalm Psalm 84:1-6 Second Reading 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel Luke 18:9-14 “Happy are the people whose strength is in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. Earlier in the gospel according to Luke, the disciples pleaded, “Lord, teach us to pray,” and Jesus offered us the Lord’s Prayer. Last week we heard a parable about the need to pray always and never to lose heart. Today, Jesus expands the lesson with a parable about the nature of prayer. Based on the surrounding text, we should assume disciples, Pharisees, tax collectors,

Wrestling with God.

First Reading Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm Psalm 121 Second Reading 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Gospel Luke 18:1-8 "The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore." In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. In an easy reading of today’s gospel, we might sum up the lesson in the first line ... “the need to pray always and not to lose heart.” We might stop the sermon here, finish our worship early, and beat the Baptists to the buffet. But on our journey to seek and serve Christ, to grow in the knowledge and love of God, and to assimilate and appropriate scripture, tradition, and reason,

Faith as a condiment and main course.

First Reading Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm Psalm 37:1-10 Second Reading 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Gospel Luke 17:5-10 "Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, and he will bring it to pass." In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN By now, many of you know I like to add a little humor to the sermon. The idea is to provide an example, illustrate a point, or sometimes to keep everyone engaged. If the expected laughter never comes, maybe the congregation has drifted off to sleep. Or perhaps the quip just wasn’t funny. I’m not sure which is worse. Today’s gospel is about condiments. I do not know any humorous stories

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