Monthly Archives: October 2015

Proper 24b 2015: Thank goodness … for that

Job 38:1-7 Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37c Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45 This is one of the weeks that we have been anticipating. This is the week when Job is told, in no uncertain terms, that God is God and that Job … Continue reading

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Proper 23b 2015: The Way

Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Psalm 22:1-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31 The man was on a journey, “the way,” meaning he was a follower, or joined the followers of Jesus. He was on “the way.” Like others we have heard about, this … Continue reading

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Proper 22b 2015: Strong, Powerless, Suffering

(When are we strong? When are we suffering? When are we powerless?) “And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” Jesus shows his disciples how to handle children: playful, maybe unruly, demanding, … Continue reading

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Proper 21b 2015: It is time again for joy

“It is time again for joy.” We recently passed the tenth anniversary of a devastating storm named Katrina. Some of us know well is destructive path. We remember better a storm named Hurricane Sandy; we are approaching the third anniversary … Continue reading

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Proper 20b 2015: False starts and failures and Jesus

Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13-4.3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37 We still want to be first, to be the first and the best. We want our football, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams to win. We want our children to be in … Continue reading

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Proper 18b 2015: Jesus, I beg you

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, 14-17 Mark 7:24-37 The rich and the poor have this in common. The Lord is the maker of them all. Today we are listeners to a once in a lifetime (as we … Continue reading

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Proper 17b 2015: the voice of my beloved

Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10 James 1:17-27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Today’s texts are about who we are and what we do. Look in a mirror, James writes, and see who we are. The admonishment is that we … Continue reading

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Proper 16b 2015: Prayers of the sinful

1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69 The temple that Solomon built was dedicated “in the fourth year of King Solomon’s reign,” approximately 953 B.C.; that is, about three thousand years ago. Solomon was David’s son – … Continue reading

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Proper 15b 2015: Abiding

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 Psalm 111 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 It is no wonder that early Christians were accused of cannibalism. The words are at least a little hard to hear and say even now. Yet, we are a faith … Continue reading

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Proper 13b 2015: Asking Jesus a question

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Psalm 51:1-12 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 “Jesus doesn’t know how to answer a question” Jesus doesn’t know how to answer a question. When the crowd says to Jesus “When did you get here?” Jesus replies: “Very truly, … Continue reading

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