The One, True King and the Kingdom

Old Testament Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm Psalm 46 Epistle Colossians 1:11-20 Gospel Luke 23:33-43 "Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, what awesome things he has done on earth." (Ps 46:9) In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen Today is the last day of the liturgical year, and it culminates with Christ as King. We have all sorts of images and experiences of kings. Throughout history, the reign of worldly kings have been a mixed bag. Some have been good, benevolent rulers, while others have been merciless, power hungry tyrants. On Christ the King Sunday, we are called to reorient our understandin

Insecurity Blankets & Firm Foundations

Old Testament Malachi 4:1-2a Psalm Psalm 98 Epistle 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Gospel Luke 21:5-19 “In righteousness shall he judge the world, and the peoples with equity.” In the Name of God: Father, Sin, and Holy Spirit. Amen Imagine with me ... a Sunday much like today. We are basking in the satisfaction of great work done to improve our worship space. In honor of our 150th year, fresh paint, polished wood, and refurbished stained glass windows (three of which are Tiffany, if one is name dropping, and we are). In fact, everything this particular Sunday is perfect. The organ has just been tuned and Nadine has pulled

Approaching the Resurrection.

Old Testament Job 19:23-27a Psalm Psalm 17:1-9 Epistle 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Gospel Luke 20:27-38 From last Sunday’s recognition and remembrance of the communion of saints, through the end of the Church year, we explore the kingdom of God, resurrection and everlasting life. Our celebration of Eucharistic moves to Prayer C as we culminate the year proclaiming Christ as King of Creation, of the cosmos, and of our lives. Each year on Ash Wednesday, we begin Lent facing our mortality, for to dust our bodies shall return. Our funeral rite in the Book of Common Prayer is titled, “Burial of the Dead.” Who else woul

For All the Saints

Old Testament Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18 Psalm Psalm 149 Epistle Ephesians 1:11-23 Gospel Luke 6:20-31 “I sing a song of the saints of God, patient and brave and true ... and I mean, God helping, to be one too.” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. A multitude gathered. All sorts of people have come seeking truth, seeking salvation, seeking God. Much like this morning, all sorts of people have come to praise God, seeking to grow in the knowledge and love of God, seeking to reconcile ourselves to God and one another through Christ. Jesus sees the crowd. He must know their suffering. They are oppressed by

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