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October 13, 2019 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Open Borders”


FIRST READING                                                                                                   2nd Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c 1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 2 Now the Arameans on one […]

October 6, 2019 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost “Tired of Waiting”

FIRST READING                                                                                                                       Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4 1:1 The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me see wrongdoing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence […]

September 29, 2019 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Life That Really Is Life”


FIRST READING                                                                                                                Amos 6:1a, 4-7 1 Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria, 4 Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; 5 who sing […]

September 22, 2019 Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Competing Values”


FIRST READING                                                                                                                      Amos 8:4-7 4 Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, 5 saying, “When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale? We will make the […]

September 8, 2019 Rally Sunday “Prioritize Priorities”


FIRST READING                                                                                                   Deuteronomy 30:15-20 15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then […]

August 25, 2019 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost “Stand Up”


FIRST READING                                                                                                                Isaiah 58:9b-14 The Lord promises those who have returned from exile that where justice and mercy prevail, the ruins will be rebuilt and light will rise in the darkness. It is a day for new beginnings. 9b If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, […]

August 11, 2019 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost “By Faith”


FIRST READING                                                                                                                Genesis 15:1-6 God promises childless and aging Abram tha ta child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous. 1 After these things the word of the Lord […]