Sunday's Readings

Treasure Chests

EpiphanyIsa. 60:1-6 • Ps. 72:1-7, 10-14 • Eph. 3:1-12 • Matt. 2:1-12The Greek root of Epiphany refers to a disclosure, and a primary aspect of the feast day is God’s disclosure of himself to the nations. This i... Read more...

Law and Grace

Christmas 1Isa. 61:10-62:3 • Ps. 147 or 147:13-21 • Gal. 3:23-25, 4:4-7 • John 1:1-18Believing the Good News does not require believing that everything which precedes it is bad news. “Now before faith came, we ... Read more...

Judgment and Life

Advent 3Zeph. 3:14-20 • Canticle 9 • Phil. 4:4-7 • Luke 3:7-18“I will bear away everything from the face of the earth, says the Lord: man, beasts, birds of heaven, fish of the sea, all of it gone, swept away. T... Read more...

A More Excellent Way

Advent 2First Reading: Bar. 5:1-9 Alternate: Mal. 3:1-4 • Canticle 4 or 16 • Phil. 1:3-11 • Luke 3:1-6Turn on the news and you will hear about storms and tears. History is a panoramic view of suffering, sorrow,... Read more...

Longing and Loving

Advent 1Jer. 33:14-16; Ps. 25:1-9 • Dan. 12:1-3; Ps. 16 • 1 Thess. 3:9-13 • Luke 21:25-36To speak persuasively is to draw up worn words and tried images, a stockpile of poetry and story, and then to give these ... Read more...

Kingdom and Fire

Christ the KingFirst reading: 2 Sam. 23:1-7; Ps. 132:1-13, (14-19) Alternate: Dan. 7:9-10, 11-14; Ps. 93 • Rev. 1:4b-8 • John 18:33-37We will get to the godless, piercing them with an iron bar or the shaft of a... Read more...

One God

Pentecost 25First reading: 1 Sam. 1:4-20; 1 Sam. 2-1-10 Alternate: Dan. 12:1-3; Ps. 16 • Heb. 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25 • Mark 13:1-8On the day when Elkanah sacrificed to the Lord, he gave portions to his wives an... Read more...

Small Things and Everything

Pentecost 24First reading: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Ps. 127 Alternate: 1 Kings 17:8-16; Ps. 146 • Heb. 9:24-28 • Mark 12:38-44Wash yourself, anoint your body, put on your red dress and go down to the field where he... Read more...

Two Mandates

Pentecost 23All Saints Sunday observedFirst reading: Ruth 1:1-18; Ps. 146 Alternate: Deut. 6:1-9; Ps. 119:1-8 • Heb. 9:11-14 • Mark 12:28-34Today the preacher would do well to speak of love and love’s obed... Read more...