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Saturday, 29 November 2014 18:00

First Sunday in Advent

The First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
Isaiah 64.1-9                Psalm 80.1-7, 16-18                1 Corinthians 1.3-9                   Mark 13.24-37
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that
I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
Happy new year!  Today we begin a new Church year; we enter a season of expectancy.  The joy of the nativity of our Lord is not yet upon us.  We wait.  We watch.  Joy is not yet complete.  Advent embodies our life in this world as a life of expectation.
Last week we ended the prior Church year with the celebration of the universal kingship of Jesus.  But recall that at that Feast of Christ the King our Gospel lesson spoke of judgment, of the king who has come in glory separating the sheep from the goats.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 18:00

Christ the King

The Last Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 29A)
Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24              Ps. 95.17a                Ephesians 1.15-23              Matthew 25.31-36
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightfully and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
In the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Arthur, King of the Britons, can’t get any respect.  When a peasant asks him why she should do something he has commanded, and he tells her that he is the king, she turns to another peasant and says, “Didn’t know we ‘ad a king,” to which statement is received the reply “’E’s the one who doesn’t have [dirt] all over ‘im like the rest of us.”  (Actually, if you know the movie you know that I cleaned that up a bit.)
Saturday, 15 November 2014 18:00

Pentecost 23

The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28A)
Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18               Ps. 90.1-8, 12              1 Thess. 5.1-11                  Matthew 25.14-30
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
“Enter into the joy of your master” or “cast [him] into the outer darkness”.  Well, which is it going to be?  As we have heard for weeks now, Jesus is teaching about judgment.  He repeats Himself, using different illustrations:  faithful and un-faithful servants, wise and foolish maidens, and now the settling of accounts with those to whom their master has entrusted his bounty.  He repeats Himself, which means we’re supposed to pay attention.
Saturday, 08 November 2014 18:00

Pentecost 22

The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27A)
Amos 5.18-24                    Psalm 70                  1 Thessalonians 4.13-18                 Matthew 25.1-13
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart, that I may rightly and truly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (Matt. 25.13).  Our modern translation has Jesus say “Keep awake” rather than “watch,” but the older rendering is closer to the original, for it connotes not just alertness but expectancy.  We are to watch because we expect something to happen, someone to come; to hear the shout, “Behold, the bridegroom!” (Matt. 25.6).
Another way to understand what Jesus teaches is to remember the old Boy Scout motto, “Be prepared”.  Are you prepared now?  Is your lamp trimmed and filled with oil?
The advent of the bridegroom can be equated with the message of the dawning of the kingdom of God.  Are we prepared or not?  Do we respond to this message with repentance and faith?  Do we accept the message of the kingdom, or reject it and find out too late that our Lord then says, “I do not know you”?
Saturday, 01 November 2014 19:00

All Saints Day

All Saints’ Day (A)
Revelation 7.9-17                     Psalm 34.1-10;                         1 John 3.1-3               Matthew 5.1-12
May the Lord be in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart that I am truly and rightly proclaim His holy Word.  Amen.
“Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord ...”  The collect prayed for this All Saint’s Sunday begins as do most of the collects used in worship.  It begins by first stating what God has done:  “you have knit together”.  The initiative is with God, and when our prayer does not recite this, then we either pray by first acknowledging what we lack (as we did two weeks ago when we prayed that God’s grace would enable us to be given to good works), or we lament that our relationship with God seems broken (as happens in many of the psalms).  Patterns of prayer reveal as much about our relationship with God as do the subject matter of prayer.  This is above all demonstrated in the psalms.
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