Things to Come

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost Isaiah 65:17-25 Luke 21:5-19 Over the past few weeks, many our readings from the Old Testament—from the Hebrew Bible—have placed us within the context of the Exile. There have been Psalms written from Babylon in the midst of anguish...

Resurrection Life

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost Job 19:23-27a Luke 18:9-14 As you may be aware, the liturgical calendar that we and other churches all over the world use in worship is slightly different than our standard calendar that we use in the rest of life. The year doesn’t...

What Kind of World

All Saints Sunday Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Luke 19:1-10 In addition to Aurelia’s baptism, today is a special day in the life of the Church as we celebrate  “All Saints Sunday”. It is always the Sunday after Halloween where we shift our focus from ghosts and goblins and...

Not So Different

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Joel 2:23-32 Luke 18:9-14 In our gospel lesson this morning, Luke gives us yet another parable that Jesus tells to remind us of what the kingdom of God is like. He begins by telling his audience— and us—that Jesus is speaking to those...

In this Place, In This Time, I Am Here

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost Jeremiah 29:1a, 4-7 Think for a moment, if you will, about the places where your feet seem to land these days:  your home and work; meetings and board rooms; subways, buses or walking the streets;  weddings and perhaps funerals; and...

A Song in a Foreign Land

World Communion Sunday Psalm 137 The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. In our liturgy, we have this short call and response after every scripture reading. I would imagine that we often aren’t really thinking about it as we’re saying it; it’s just part of our...