“Waiting for the Resurrection” by Tomás Rodríguez

August 18, 2019

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Thank you very much for the invitation to give this sermon. Initially I was wondering, who am I to give the sermon? With the reluctance of those of us who know we are unworthy, I said to myself, “If they trust me to do so, there will be some reason from God.” And when I read today’s readings, I realized that I have something important to say, at least to myself. My family is a witness that I am too shy to talk about the things of God, and they have always complained to me about that.

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“Do Not Worry and Stay Alert” by Elizabeth Gelfeld

August 11, 2019

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who provided shelter for thousands of Jews in his friary and was an active voice against the Nazi violence. He was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned at Auschwitz. When a fellow prisoner escaped from the camp, the Nazis selected ten other prisoners to be killed in reprisal. As they were lined up to die, one began to cry, “My wife! My children! I will never see them again!” At this, Maximilian stepped forward and asked to die in his place. His request was granted, and he led the other men in song and prayer as they awaited their deaths.…

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“Recognize Your Rank and Use it for All” by Ron Kraybill

August 4, 2019

The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible readings for today give us a compelling vision for what we could be:

  • the Jewish prophet tells us that the Holy One is, ultimately, about compassion, warmth, and tenderness, and brings the people of Israel home, regardless to their sins.
  • Jesus says that material prosperity and success are not the purpose of existence.
  • Paul calls us to a new humanity where the old divisions fall away.

We long to be that new humanity. Yet we all know how fleeting are the moments when we experience oneness with others.So what blocks us from being that which we long to be?

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2019 Summer Lectionary: Faith is Hard

This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Leap, 2001

Where do you see faith in action?

Readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C

July 28                  
Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85
Colossians 2:6-19
Luke 11:1-13

August 25                 
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

August 4
Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21 

September 1                  
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14 

August 11                  
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Luke 12:32-40 

RECOMMITMENT
September 8                Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Philemon 1:1-21
Luke 14:25-33

August 18                  
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

 

Click here for a printiable copy of the 2019 Summer lectionary

Readings are available on the Internet at http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu .

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