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November 13, 2022 Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost “Hold On To Your Souls”

FIRST READING             Malachi 4:1-2a 1See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in…

October 16, 2022 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost “The Struggle is Real”

FIRST READING      Genesis 32:22-31 Returning to the home he had fled many years before after stealing his brother’s birthright and his father’s blessing, Jacob wrestles all night long with a divine adversary who ultimately blesses him and changes his name to “Israel,” a name that means “he wrestles with God.” 22The same night he got up and took his two wives, his…

October 9, 2022 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Measuring Faith”

FIRST READING                       2nd Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c Naaman, a Syrian general, suffers from leprosy. In this passage Elisha miraculously cures his illness, but only after Naaman realizes, with the help of his servants, that he also needs healing for his pride. This foreign general then acknowledges the sovereignty of the God of Israel. 1Naaman, commander of the…

October 2, 2022 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Youth Preacher)

Sermon provided by Beau Demarest, 9th grader. FIRST READING                                                                                                                     Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Injustice and violence in the time leading up to the Babylonian exile move this prophet to lament: How can a good and all-powerful God see evil in the world and seemingly remain indifferent? God answers by proclaiming that the righteous will live by faith. 1The oracle that the…

September 25, 2022 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost “You’ve Only Got One Shot”

FIRST READING                  Amos 6:1a, 4-7 The prophet Amos announces that Israel’s great wealth is a cause not for rejoicing but rather sorrow, because God’s people have forgotten how to share their wealth with the poor. The wealthy will be the first to go into exile when judgment comes. 1aAlas for those who are at ease in Zion, and…

September 11, 2022 Homecoming and Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost “You Complete Me”

FIRST READING              Exodus 32:7-14 While Moses is on Mount Sinai, the people grow restless and make a golden calf to worship. Today’s reading shows Moses as the mediator between an angry God and a sinful people. Moses reminds God that the Israelites are God’s own people, and boldly asks for mercy for them. 7The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once!…