August 19, 2018

Proper 15, Year B, RCL, Track 1

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Psalm 111, Ephesians 5:15-20

“When [King] David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son, Solomon, saying: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, and keep the charge of the LO...

Proper 12, Year B, RCL, Track 1

Psalm 14, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21

Back when I was a Boy Scout, our troop had a paper drive. We advertised in the local paper that we would be coming around picking up newspaper bundles on a certain day. When that day arrived, we bro...

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B, RCL

1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us.”[i] When we read John’s gospel we should take care to understand that the...

December 31, 2017

The First Sunday after Christmas
Isaiah 61:10-62:3, John 1:1-18, Psalm 147 or 147:13-21

The first week of Christmas is over; many have put their trees away, cleaned up the decorations, and life moves toward the New Year. If you go to the store this week and wish so...

December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B RCL
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Canticle 15; Luke 1:26-38

An angel suddenly appears in the room with Mary. Mary is strong because she doesn’t show her fear, but the angel knows she is frightened. “Do not be afraid,” the angel says. Now Mary wasn...

November 19, 2017

Proper 28, Year A, RCL, Track 1                  

Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30

Grace abounds in the kingdom of God whether it is here on Earth or bey...

November 5, 2017

All Saints' Day, November 5/2017, Year A RCL

Revelation 7:9-17,  Psalm 34:1-10, 22, 1 John 3:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitudes can appear to be a checklist on how to become saintly. No wonder the Saints were saints because we would be hard-pressed to live out these beat...

September 24, 2017

Year A, Proper 20, Track 1
Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

According to Paul’s letter to the Philippians, A Christian life is not a life of happiness at least not according to what the world says happiness is. Nor is our life in Christ pain-free. Pa...

September 3, 2017

Year A, Proper 17, RCL Track 1
Exodus 3:1-15, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28

Who today is willing to give up their life for Christ? Christ says, “Let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and th...