Pentecost 8 Preview

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As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!


1 Kings 3:5-12
Solomon’s prayer for wisdom

Psalm 119:129-136
When your word is opened, it gives light and understanding

Romans 8:26-39
Nothing can separate us from God’s love

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Parables of the reign of heaven

Worship Themes and Music

Like many people, I (Adam) made use of the extended time at home to try my hand at making a sourdough starter. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, I tried one more time. I placed the starter on top of the refrigerator one day and, as it turned out, this time around my starter was so vigorous it bubbled out of its container and down the side of the refrigerator all the way down to the floor! What a surprise?! It was such an amazing testament to the life that is all around us, laying dormant and just waiting for the right medium in which to grow.

In the reading from 1 Kings, King Solomon asks God for wisdom to discern between good and evil. We too seek that God, who stretched the spangled heavens, would be our vision. The psalm puts these words into our mouths too when we sing in our hearts or out loud, “When your word is opened it gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

In what places of your lives are you seeking the wisdom of God this week?
Remaining open to God’s wisdom may mean letting go of our own wisdom. What do you need to let go of to accept God’s will and plan?

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Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

Adam served as Director of Music at St. Peter’s from 2015 to 2022.

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