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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 Psalm 79:1-9 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Breaking the Consecrated Bread The condor rises on wings of the present and past.Warm thermals lift these wings of time. One wing is all of us … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 Psalm 14 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10 The Parable of the Lost Coin Imagine a father whose child is lostin a busy mall at Christmas time.All is well when she is found.You … Continue reading

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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 Spoiled in the Potter’s Hand The potter was weary of throwing ordinary pots. For the longest time, he sat at the potter’s wheel crafting useful pots … Continue reading

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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 2:4-13 Psalm 81:1, 10-16 Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Luke 14:1, 7-14 The High Achievers A single mom gave everything she had to her children. She took care of their urgent needs at all hours. She … Continue reading

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Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 Excuses We waste a lot of time making excuses.The Bible is full of them. Some are goodlike Moses saying, correctly, he is not eloquent.The Lord enlists brother … Continue reading

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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 Dialog Between Athlete and Coach A duet: Athlete (alto or tenor) and Coach (bass) I ran my best, but failed to place.My legs were dead the … Continue reading

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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 Defining Faith The world we live in was once a lightless void.Out of nothingness, the Lord created the world.From things not visible, the Lord … Continue reading

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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Hosea 11:1-11 Psalm 107:1-9, 43 Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 The Parable of the Wise Fool He who dies with the most toys wins, a rich man said. Today he is dead. What do you win … Continue reading

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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Hosea 1:2-10 Psalm 85 Colossians 2:6-15 Luke 11:1-13 Keep It Simple You don’t need all this extra stuff.You were buried with Jesus Christ in baptism,and you were also raised with himthrough faith in the power … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Amos 8:1-12 Psalm 52 Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 You Trample on the Needy Someone once said, “There are no second acts,”but here I am. I am the prophet Amos of Tekoa.I walked the earth one … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: Amos 7:7-17 Psalm 82 Colossians 1:1-14 Luke 10:25-37 The Plumb Line With a plumb-line, the wall of Israel was erectedwith closely-fitted, well-joined stones.These perpendicular stones were the very bonesof a great nation, but a careless … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday After Pentecost Readings: 2 Kings 5:1-14 Psalm 30 Galatians 6:1-16 Luke 10:1-10 Family of Faith Welcome to the family of faith.Listen up: these are the rules.The Holy Spirit is the boss.Got that?Your job is to pay attentionto what … Continue reading

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Third Sunday After Pentecost Readings: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20 Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Luke 9:51-62 Make America Great Again No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. … Continue reading

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Second Sunday After Pentecost Readings: 1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a Psalm 42 and 43 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 Elijah Blues A mighty wind was blowing, but the Lord wasn’t there.An earthquake shook the mountain, but the Lord wasn’t there.I am … Continue reading

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First Sunday After Pentecost (Trinity Sunday) Readings: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15 The Kindly Tutor “I like history,” said the boy to the tutor.“I think it would be nice to know everythingthat ever happened.” The kindly … Continue reading

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Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) Readings: Psalm 104 Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17 All We Have Psalm 104: A Setting for Choir From “The Bible and the Common Reader” by Mary Ellen Chase: Many of the most beautiful psalms extoll the greatness … Continue reading

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Seventh Sunday of Easter Readings: Acts 16:16-34 Psalm 97 Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 John 17:20-26 Annoyed Paul was annoyed.A slave girl with divination powersfollowed him around in Philippi,crying out, “These men are slavesof the most high God,who proclaim to you … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C readings: Acts 16:9-15 Psalm 67 Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29 Why Things Happen What is our aim in life?Snowflakes have a noble aim: to melt.But first, they cloak the world in white. The beach … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter Year C readings: Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35 Hope John of Patmos imagined a transformationof the first heaven and the first earthinto a new heaven and a new earth;but little has changed since … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Year C readings: Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 Holy People, Different People What is a saint? The Gospel word “hagios”is often rendered as holy, but the root definitionof the Greek word is different, … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Easter Year C readings: Acts 9:1-20 Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19 Brother Saul Ananias of Damascus was minding his own business when Jesus spoke to him in a vision: “Get up and go to the street … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter Year C readings: Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 118:14-29 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31 What is Truth? Imagine truth is a sea where high above a man can see it all, at least the surface, but cannot hear or … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday Year C readings: Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12 The Ballad of the Sheaf of Corn Bombs were falling all around in the darkest hour … Continue reading

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Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday Year C readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 22:14 – 23:56 or Luke 23:1-49 Rescue Me My times are in your hand, O Lord.Whenever my actions come to naughtand I feel as … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday in Lent Year C readings: Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 You Do Not Always Have Me The flowing lake is always filling,but is never full.Once there was a true sense of fullnessof which all that … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday in Lent Year C readings: Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Jealousy Your father’s love is certain. This you know. All that is his is yours. You know it’s true. If you are safe … Continue reading

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Third Sunday in Lent Year C readings: Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-19 The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree In nature’s design, the rule of life is clear.The useful thrive, advancing from age to age.They manage … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Lent Year C readings: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Psalm 27 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35 Unrequited Love I admired a worldly womanwith children in her loving care.I made my plea for love;rejection was swift and sure I wanted to … Continue reading

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First Sunday in Lent Year C readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13 Grace for All The prophets Isaiah and Joel assure us that the matter of Law and achievement is flawed. Zeal for the Law of … Continue reading

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Last Sunday After Epiphany Year C readings: Exodus 34:29-35 Psalm 99 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Luke 9:28-36 Stay Awake! Jesus is on a high mountain, deep in prayer. Simon Peter and the brothers James and John are on the edge of … Continue reading

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Seventh Sunday After Epiphany Year C readings: Genesis 45:3-11, 15 Psalm 37:1-12, 41-42 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50 Luke 6:27-38 The Good Life Put on the armor of gentleness. Defend yourself with gentleness; stand your ground. Attack with gentleness; confound your … Continue reading

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