Date: July 27, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 12A)
God’s kingdom of grace
the greatest treasure of all
our joyful pursuit
The Kingdom Parables of Matthew 13 describe the remarkable gift that God’s grace is to us, and the joy and passion with which people of faith pursue the life of faith. Let’s keep reminding one another of that gift, and pray that the Spirit will fill our hearts and lives with a passion for God.
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Date: July 20, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11A)
shining like the sun
weeds and wheat grow together
faithfulness, our call
Jesus here admonishes his followers not to focus on eradicating what is unfaithful, or negative, or evil in the world, but to concentrate on being what we are called to be: fruitful in the work God has entrusted to us. This is our evangelism — our witness to the world.
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Date: July 13, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 10A)
a sower of seeds
crazy, faithfully careless
a witness to grace
Jesus describes a sower of seeds who seems to have no regard for where he sows these seeds, and in doing so calls his followers to sow seeds of faith, even in those instances where they seem unlikely to take root and thrive. For those of us who are followers of his today: we are called to offer words of faith to every neighbor, in every situation.
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Date: July 6, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 9A)
easy yokes and light burdens
Jesus’ gift of peace
When we are doing what God created us to do, and making a difference in the world, it doesn’t matter much how hard it is. The yoke is easy and the burden is light. One aspect of Christian faithfulness is to discover how we have been uniquely gifted, and how we can put those gifts to work in service of what mattes most to God.
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Date: June 29, 2014
Liturgical Day: The Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 8A)
welcoming God’s word
serving our neighbor in need
disciples of Christ
In this week’s Gospel lesson, Jesus describes faithful life to us. It has to do with welcoming God’s prophetic word, modeling our lives after the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and serving our neighbor in need. This is our witness. This is how Christ continues to bless the world, through us.
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