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Second Sunday after Epiphany

This week we start to see Jesus in action, calling disciples and foretelling great things to come. This week’s readings also feature the calling of Samuel and Psalm 139. The Psalm, reminds us that God knows us intimately, our going in our coming out, our rising and our resting. Jesus is shown to have similar…

Baptism of Our Lord

This week we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, a sign that God has claimed him as his own. At the same time, we remember our own baptisms and that God, the creator of the whole universe, has claimed us and calls us daughters and sons. In our baptism we heard God’s call to live among…

Advent 4

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and free us from the sin that would keep us from you, we pray this week. This week our reading from Samuel foretells the rebuilding of the house of the Lord with the coming of a Savior. We hear in the Gospel that this rebuilding is made complete in…

Advent 3

Stir up the wills of your faithful people and open their ears is our cry this week. This week we hear more about John the Baptist and the baptisms he performs and we remember that in our baptism we have received a garment of joy. Having received this great gift, we celebrate in worship as…

Advent 2

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way of your only Son. John the Baptist appears in the desert with us this week. The crazy guy in sackcloth eating locusts makes his yearly appearance to announce the coming of Jesus into our world and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of…

Advent 1

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come! In times of peace and plenty we often respond to this week’s apocalyptic readings with surprise and fear, but these days the idea of God tearing open the heavens and coming down may seem like a pretty good deal! We are an advent people, awaiting that time…

Christ the King

On this final Sunday of the church year our gospel is Jesus’ great story of judgment. in the end, the faithful are those who served Christ by ministering to those who are poor, hungry, naked, sick, or estranged. In the first reading God is the shepherd who seeks to the lost, weak, and injured and…

Pentecost 24

Our readings during November speak of the end times. Zephaniah proclaims that the coming day of the Lord will be filled with wrath and distress. Paul says it will come like a thief in the night and urgent us to be awake and sober. Jesus tells the parable of the talents, calling us to use…

Pentecost 23

Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word…