August 25, 2019

First Reading            Isaiah 58:9b-14

Psalm                         Psalm 103:1-8

Second Reading      Hebrews 12:18-29

Gospel                       Luke 13:10-17

            “If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness...” The Word of God offered by the prophet Isaiah sounds like gospel. Should we be surprised? All of scripture interpreted through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ is gospel. Not picking and choosing or isolating one phrase, but the sweeping salvation message of God’s word, drawing us toge...

August 18, 2019

First Reading            Jeremiah 23:23-29

Psalm                         Psalm 82

Second Reading      Hebrews 11:29-12:2

Gospel                       Luke 12:49-56

“May the peace of the Lord be always with us” In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” John the evangelist offers these comforting words directly from the mouth of Jesus. Today, Luke offers us confounding words, also directly from Jesus’ mouth. “Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”

            If division is what we seek, we will surely find it. Across the world,...

August 11, 2019

First Reading            Genesis 15:1-6

Psalm                         Psalm 33:12-22

Second Reading      Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Gospel                       Luke 12:32-40

“Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, as we have put our trust in you.”

- Ps 33:22. In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            "Do not be afraid." This almost seems like a platitude, when life in the world, and particularly life in Christ, can offer some scary propositions. This is not a new condition of humanity. "Fear not" and "do not be afraid" are offered over and over throughout scripture. There is so much to fear: terrorism, tyranny, war, the economy, hunger, racism, poverty, homelessness, disease, and...

August 4, 2019

First Reading            Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

Psalm                         Psalm 49:1-11

Second Reading      Colossians 3:1-11

Gospel                       Luke 12:13-21

“My mouth shall speak of wisdom, and my heart shall meditate on understanding.”

In the Name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

            The Sunday lectionary does not offer the Book of Ecclesiastes often in the three-year cycle. In fact, only once. Today. Last year, our Thursday Bible Study made our way through the wisdom scriptures, and spent some time in Ecclesiastes with Qoheleth, the Teacher. In his effort to seek and share the wisdom of all that humanity does under the heavens, he comes to the conclusion ... ‘a...

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