The Path of the Prophet

Forth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 4:21-30

This is the fourth in a four-part series focusing on refugee resettlement through Episcopal Migration Ministries. Today’s lesson focuses on what it means to be a prophet.

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The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

This is the third in a four-part series focusing on refugee resettlement through Episcopal Migration Ministries. Today’s lesson focuses on our baptismal ministry to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and to respect the dignity of every human being. 

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I Have Called You by Name

First Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

This is the second in a four-part series focusing on The Episcopal Church work with refugees. Today’s lesson focuses on the ways in which we are called to the ministry of refugee resettlement through our Baptism, through the work of the Holy Spirit and through passion for justice for all of God’s people.

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Moses is Transfigured When Meeting with God

Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Exodus 34:29-35

Moses has gone back up the mountain to meet with God and comes down with a second set of tablets. This is because he destroyed the first set when he discovered that the people had made a golden calf to worship another god. This is an opportunity for a renewal of the covenant between God and the people. The tablets contain the Ten Words or 10 Commandments which will help the people maintain the covenant. But today’s reading really focuses on the fact that Moses’ countenance or face is changed as a result of seeing God face to face. It is this evidence of encounter with the Divine that helps the people to see this is really something different. And it begs the question, how are transfigured by our encounter with the Divine?

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LPTW Last Epiphany, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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God Calls Each Of Us

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10

Jeremiah is called by God to deliver difficult news during challenging times. He pleads that he is too young, but God is not accepting that excuse. Jeremiah had plenty of reason to be reluctant. But he becomes an historic prophet and serves during the reign of five different kings, before and during the exile.

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LPTW Epiphany 4, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-10

Ezra and Nehemiah are really one story told in many forms. We hear history, biography, lament, praise, instruction, poetry and celebration. In today’s passage, the people are back in Jerusalem and trying to figure out how to live faithfully as God’s people again. Ezra proclaims and interprets the Law for the people. It takes many hours but they stay and listen. Nehemiah encourages them to feast and give thanks.

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The Lord Delights in You

Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 62:1-5

The return from Exile back to their homeland was not pretty. God’s people had yearned for ages to return home. But when they got there, the country was in disrepair. They began to lose hope. This passage reminds them (and us) that God is not finished – there is still hope! God promises restoration and abundance and reassures us (again) that we are loved and that it will get better.

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I Have Called You by Name, You are Mine

First Sunday after the Epiphany
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7

This passage from “Second Isaiah” was written during the Babylonian Exile, just as the possibility for return to their homeland was first appearing. The words are meant to be comforting and to provide reassurance that God is still with them and things will get better. Through Isaiah, God reminds the people of God’s constant presence and care, even when the people have strayed and disobeyed. Since this might be a day for Baptisms, one may also make the connection to our own living in covenant with God and God’s continued presence in our lives and those of the baptismal candidates.

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God’s Great Love

Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C, Old Testament
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14

Today is the second Sunday after Christmas Day. White is the color of joy in the church, and we are rejoicing that Jesus has come to live among us. The candle in the center of the Advent wreath is the Christ Candle, reminding us that Light of the World has come into the world. The time of healing and restoration is at hand.

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Joy to the World

First Sunday after Christmas, Year C, Old Testament

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Today is the first Sunday after Christmas Day. White is the color of joy in the church, and we are rejoicing that Jesus has come to live among us. The candle in the center of the Advent wreath is the Christ Candle, reminding us that Light of the World has come into the world.

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LPTW Christmas 1, Year C, Old Testament, Younger Children
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