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...

Jesus Responds to Job

Pentecost 22First reading: Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Ps. 34:1-8 (19-22) Alternate: Jeremiah 31:7-9; Ps. 126; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52In the end Job’s fortune is restored. He has sons and daughters, livestock and... Read more...

Into the Mystery

Pentecost 21First reading: Job 38:1-7 (34-41); Ps. 104:1-8, 25, 37b Alternate: Isa. 53:4-12; Ps. 91:9-16 • Heb. 5:1-10 • Mark 10:35-45We know the Son of suffering who had been sealed away for centuries. Th... Read more...

The Body

Pentecost 19First reading: Job 1:1; 2:1-10, Ps. 26 Alternate: Gen. 2:18-24, Ps. 8 • Heb. 1:1-4; 2:5-12 • Mark 10:2-16Who will deliver us from this body of death? Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ who delivers us... Read more...

Just Such a Time as This

Pentecost 18First reading: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Ps. 124 Alternate: Num. 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Ps. 19:7-14 • James 5:13-20 • Mark 9:38-50Divine election presupposes an inescapable responsibility. A story... Read more...

Christ in the World

Pentecost 16First reading: Prov. 1:20-33; Ps. 19 or Wis. 7:26-8:1 Alternate: Isa. 50:4-9a; Ps. 116:1-8 • James 3:1-12 • Mark 8:27-38Ask any teacher. Students who hate knowledge and spurn correction travel towar... Read more...