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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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