Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 19]


Deuteronomy 16:1-17
Psalm 92: (1-4) 5-11 (12-15)
Matthew 26:1-19 OR Mark 14:1-16 OR Luke 22:1-13
1Timothy 5

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 18]


Exodus 28:(1-29) 30-43 OR 2Samuel 15:30-37; 16:15-17:4 OR 2Chronicles 30:1-27
Psalm 141
John 11:45-57
1Corinthians 16:1-24

Father of lights, let your glory fill this place as it once filled the tabernacle of the covenant; let your cloud and fire guide us on every stage of our journey of faith, as you once guided Israel through the wilderness. Come and reign over us; oversee our renewal, reform, and restoration. Let there be great joy here as has not been for many generations. Bless your people gathered here and receive our praises as we bless your name. Let our voice be heard on high, O LORD; and let our prayer came to your holy dwelling in heaven. For the sacrifice of your Son Jesus Christ, which he has made for the sins of the world, has not been in vain, but bears the fruit of faith in every tribe and people and language and nation! Therefore, come, O God, and gather all your dispersed children into one, in the name of our risen Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

An extremely simple step—albeit a small one—for economic justice

Please excuse this off-topic post, but in these days of economic stress, I think there are enough folks within your sphere of influence who may appreciate this. In fact, you yourself may find a bit of hidden treasure with your name on it.

If you have never yet visited, you owe it to yourself to do so. There are several related portals, including this one. All the states, and several Canadian provinces, have treasurer sites that allow you to search their records for unclaimed property, which can take many forms: rebate checks, insurance payouts, refunded deposits, etc. Make sure to:
+ Check every state you have ever lived in.
+ Check the names (and maiden names) of living and deceased relatives in your nuclear and extended family (and maybe a generation or two back).
If you don't find anything for yourself, bear in mind you may know some folks in need: graduates with debt, members of your congregation, etc., who have left money on the table, and who would be delighted to discover they have something coming back to them.

Obviously, you don't want to misrepresent yourself, so don't claim anything that is not yours. But you can do research in order to help people get back what belongs to them. Don't seek payback or finder's fees. Just pay it forward. "Do unto others ..." and all that. It is in that spirit that I encourage you to share this post. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 17]


Numbers 11:1-30 OR Isaiah 45:20-25 OR Jeremiah 4:19-31 OR Zechariah 8:1-23
Psalm 68:11-31 (32-35) OR 120
John 10:19-21 (22-30) 31-42
1Corinthians 14:1-40

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 16]


Genesis 3:1-7 (8-21) 22-24 OR Jeremiah 8:4-13 OR 24:1-10 OR Habakkuk 3:1-19
Psalm 140
Matthew 21:12-22 OR Mark 11:12-25 (26)
Colossians 1:29-2:5 (16-19) 20-23

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Prelude to the Passion - 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time [Proper 15]


Jeremiah 22:1-9 OR Zechariah 7:1-14
Psalm 58
Matthew 23:13-39 OR Luke 11:37-54
1Timothy 3

We confess we have not kept covenant with you, O LORD our God, but we have worshiped other gods and served them. We have sworn oaths casually and not kept them; we have given freely of small things, but neglected the weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faith; we have maintained outward appearances of piety, while allowing our interior lives to fester with greed, hypocrisy, and self-indulgence; though we bear the name of Christ, we have failed to live and to love as Jesus has taught us, thus we must confess we have taken your name in vain. Forgive us, LORD, for by our words and actions we have stopped others from entering your kingdom and we ourselves have failed to enter. Yet, do not let your house become desolate. Let not the passersby say to one another, “Why has the LORD dealt this way with his people?” But give us, everyone, a fresh start, and gather us under the shelter of your wings. Though we have not always been willing, we will it now! Absolve and cleanse us, O LORD, both inside and out, for we long to see you and say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Apocalyptic Discourse - 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time [Proper 14]


Genesis 6:1-8 OR Zechariah 9:1-8 (9-12) 13-17
Psalm 37: (1-2) 12-38 (39-40)
Matthew 24:(36-44) 45-51 OR Luke 12:(35-40) 41-48
1Corinthians 11:2-22 (23-26) 27-34

Lord Jesus Christ, we know neither the day nor the hour when you will come again to gather up your church or to stand upon the earth, but we do know that we are to remain awake, dressed and ready for action, with our lamps lit as servants awaiting the return of their Master. To think, even for a moment, that you are delayed is to risk falling asleep, and therefore, we invite you to draw near to us now, for you have promised to do so, saying, “I am with you always.” Therefore, by the swift wind of your Spirit, raise our expectations, O Lord. Let no one go through the motions of worship without becoming acutely aware that you are near, indeed, that you are here, watching, waiting, examining every heart. Surely you will speak, O Lord, through the Word, written, read, and preached, and you will feed your people—you, the Christ, the living bread, you, the Holy Spirit, of whom we all partake as we drink from same spiritual drink, the spiritual rock of Christ.