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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Boy in the Temple

Second Sunday after Christmas, Year C

Scripture: Luke 2:41-52

A day back from the annual trip to Jerusalem for Passover, Joseph and Mary check with their extended family. Suddenly they realize that their young son, Jesus, is not with any of them. They race back to Jerusalem, frantically searching for the 12 year-old. Three days and unimaginable stress later they find him sitting in the Temple learning from the teachers. He is un-phased by their universal parental response of relief mixed with fury. “Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house?” asked Jesus. Yes, Mary had much to hold in her heart.

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The Word Became Flesh

First Sunday after Christmas, Year C

Scripture: John 1:1-18

Here we have Salvation history in a nutshell. In the beginning was the “Word.” Word as verb: moving, creating, redeeming. Word: creating since the beginning, now here as an infant. The prophets proclaimed this would happen, right through to the last of the prophets: John the Baptist. We have the law, thanks to Moses. Now we receive grace and truth through Jesus, the only Son. He is the Light; the Light that no darkness can extinguish dawns on. Now we are invited to decide who is this child for us?

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Who is this child?

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture: Luke 1:39-45

Mary has simply accepted the message the angel gave her. Now she goes to the one other woman on the planet with whom she can talk: her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, who is expecting a baby whose name will be John. Blessed is she who believes. But what does Mary make of the baby in Elizabeth’s womb “leaping” at the sound of Mary’s voice? Who is the baby John? Who is this baby Mary carries?

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What Then Should We Do?

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture: Luke 3:7-18

Convicted by John the Baptist’s message, “Get ready!” the people ask, “What then should we do?” As we wait, how will we get ready? Yes, the packages have to get wrapped. Yet John invites us to “bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Perhaps we are being called to notice what we have received and choose what we will share with others. How will we choose to respond to the abundance we have received?

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Prepare the Way of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture: Luke 3:1-6

The people who came out to hear John the Baptist would have recognized the Isaiah passage he was proclaiming. Did these people notice that something was not quite right in their lives? Apparently so, why else would they have come out to hear this bizarre-looking preacher? And so we, in the 21st Century, look for what we need to do to “prepare the way of the Lord.” What is cluttering up the path? Will there be room in our inn for the Christ child to come and be born in us?

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Choosing to Notice

First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture: Luke 21:25-36

While the world frantically shops, hoping to find the joy which is announced in the piped-in-music to show up in purchases, we are being called to STOP. No, not to zone out, but to stand and be alert for signs. The Psalm for today calls out: “to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” And so we hold in tension the delicious preparations of celebrating Christmas with seeking moments of silence in which to be vigilant – to lift up our souls.

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Kingdom

Season after Pentecost, Ordinary Time, Proper 29, Year B
Scripture: Mark 12:38-44

My kingdom is not of this world. My kingdom is not won in a battle. Clearly, the kingdom Jesus offers comes a very different way than we expected. Jesus refuses violence. Instead, he speaks the truth and waits for ordinary people to hear his voice and choose to follow him. The ordinary gathers energy for the extra-ordinary to come.

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