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Sermons on Pentecost

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!…

September 4, 2022 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost “Faith Charades”

FIRST READING                Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Moses speaks to the Israelites, who are about to enter the land promised to their ancestors. In this passage, he lays out the stark choice before them: choose life by loving and obeying the Lord; or choose death by following other gods. 15See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death…

August 28, 2022 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost “Wedding Reception Seating Etiquette”

FIRST READING                  Proverbs 25:6-7 The book of Proverbs is part of a collection of writings known as wisdom literature. Wisdom literature gave directions to Israel’s leaders and people for the conduct of daily life. Today’s reading is about humility. 6Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; 7for it…

August 14, 2022 Tenth Sunday after Pentecost “Faith: Don’t Leave Home Without It”

FIRST READING           Jeremiah 23:23-29 Because Jeremiah preaches the unpopular message of God’s judgment, he suffers rejection. Today’s reading 23Am I a God near by, says the Lord, and not a God far off? 24Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them? says the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? says the Lord. 25I have heard what the prophets have said…

August 7, 2022 Ninth Sunday after Pentecost “On Earth As It Is In Heaven”

FIRST READING                    Genesis 15:1-6 God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendents will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous. 1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not…

July 31, 2022 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost “Measuring Our Net Worth”

FIRST READING                              Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2:18-23 The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift…

July 24, 2022 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost “Convincing God”

FIRST READING              Genesis 18:20-32 In today’s reading, Abraham undertakes the role of mediator between God and sinful humanity. Appealing to God’s justice, Abraham boldly asks for mercy for the city of Sodom for the sake of the few righteous people there, including Abraham’s nephew. 20Then the Lord said, “How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their…