Archives for June 2015

Give Us Our Daily Bread – Proper 12 (B) – 2015

2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm 14; or 2 Kings 4:42-44 and Psalm 145: 10-19; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21

We find in Christ the Reign of God breaking into the here and now. God knows our needs and provides strength for today and hope for tomorrow. It’s what the masses wanted when they tried to make Jesus their king, and we discover that eternal reign not for an age bound in time and then gone. In giving our lives to Jesus, we cross over from death to life, from the scarcity of an empire to the abundance of the Reign of God.

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Today’s sermon is written by The Rev. Canon Frank Logue is the Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of Georgia. He blogs at http://loosecanon.georgiaepiscopal.org.

In Christ Jesus, the Walls Come Down – Proper 11 (B) – 2015

 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Psalm 89:20-37 (or Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Psalm 23); Ephesians 2:11-22Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

Into the midst of this situation comes Jesus, and as we read in Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians today, Christ “has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us.” Languages and nations? Christ proclaims peace to those who are far off and those who are near. Religions and ideologies? Jesus was prepared even to “abolish the law with its commandments and ordinances,” in order to create one new humanity.

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Today’s sermon is written by The Rev. G. Cole Gruberth is priest-in-charge of the Allegany County Episcopal Ministry, a community of four houses of worship and welcome, within the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y.

The Power of Being Gathered Up into God – Proper 10 (B) – 2015

 

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and Psalm 24 (or Amos 7:7-15 and Psalm 85:8-13); Ephesians 1:3-14Mark 6:14-29

Unlike Herod and others like him, we wouldn’t have to fight and connive and fawn over others so that power would be ours to abuse; we have the power of a loving God supporting us. We have the inheritance of the saints in light. We have the example and teachings of Jesus to show us the way.

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This week’s sermon is written by The Rev. Dr. Susanna Metz is vicar of Petrockstowe in the Torridge Team, Diocese of Exeter, North Devon, England, and is the publisher of Tuesday Morning, a quarterly journal focused on lectionary-based preaching and ministry.

Goliath Moments – Proper 9 (B) – 2015

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10Psalm 482 Corinthians 12:2-10Mark 6:1-13

God is with us, as God is with all nations and peoples of the earth. The choice remains ours, however, whether we will offer God Uriah moments to judge, or Goliath moments to bless. Goliath moments: when strength arises out of weakness, despair gives way to hope, weariness is replaced by solidarity, and fear dissolves in the face of acceptance and welcome. There are Goliath moments still to come in our nation’s future.

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Today’s sermon is written by The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is an Episcopal priest and writer. He is the author of “A Matter of Life and Death: Preaching at Funerals” (Cowley Publications, 2003).

Bulletin Insert: Seventh Sunday After Pentecost (B)

Episcopal Asset Map

July 12, 2015

Homepage of the Episcopal Asset Map website

The Episcopal Asset Map, a joint project between the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and Episcopal Relief & Development, invites dioceses across the Episcopal Church to establish and expand their digital presence through the new online platform. Available at no fee, the Map shows the location, contact information, and ministry offerings provided by Episcopal congregations, schools, and institutions across the Church.

“The Asset Map will help tell the stories of some of the truly inspiring Gospel ministry being done in local contexts across the country,” explained the Rev’d Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Domestic Poverty Missioner for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. “Episcopalians on the front line of mission will be the driving force behind this resource as it continues to develop for many years to come.”

A simple web-based survey, which can be filled out by anyone with knowledge of the programs, collects information about each location plotted on the map. Images and videos can also be uploaded to provide a detailed description of activities. When a diocesan bishop chooses to participate in the mapping process, he or she appoints up to three map administrators, who in turn review all information submitted to the map and publish it.

The Episcopal Asset Map can be particularly useful in disaster preparedness and response. The map is able to show churches and other locations that may be at risk of flooding or near where a tornado has touched down, and what nearby ministries or facilities could be mobilized to help. According to Katie Mears, Director of Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program, “Coordinating a response is much easier when you can instantly see on a map where the nearest food pantry or shelter ministry is. Adding this information to the map can be an important part of disaster preparedness for any congregation or diocese.”

You can see the full Episcopal Asset Map and link to diocesan and network maps at www.episcopalassetmap.org. Find your church on the map and click “Take the Survey!” to update your congregation’s information.

A short video explaining the map can be found at http://www.episcopalassetmap.org/about-map.

For more information about The Episcopal Asset Map, contact Stevenson at mstevenson@episcopalchurch.org or Mears at kmears@episcopalrelief.org.

 

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Bulletin Insert: Sixth Sunday After Pentecost (B)

Summer Meal Programs

July 5, 2015

Photo: Tracey Waring

Photo: Tracey Waring

It’s finally summertime, a season that brings the promise of new experiences and friendships as children continue to learn and explore outside of the classroom. Summer is an important period of growth, yet many children do not experience a fulfilling summer because they’re too hungry to enjoy it.

“When we think about food insecurity, the first thing that comes to mind is often the immediate physical suffering that a young child experiences when they are hungry,” says Jayce Hafner, Domestic Policy Analyst for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. “Unfortunately, this is just one of many potential repercussions of child hunger. Children in food-insecure households are more likely to experience poor physical health and academic challenges. Addressing child hunger now is an investment in our children’s future.”

Approximately 15.8 million children live in food-insecure households[1], and many of these youth depend upon regular meals provided by their schools for their daily nutrition. School lunch and breakfast programs end with the academic year and summer feeding programs are essential to ensuring that vulnerable children continue to receive regular meals so that they can develop healthy brains and bodies.

Episcopalians across the United States are addressing summer food insecurity through offering summer meal programs. The Diocese of Spokane sponsors a Simplified Summer Food Program (a federally-funded initiative of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) and successfully launched its pilot program, the Stone Soup Café, last year. As Tracey Waring, Co-Director of the Stone Soup Café, explains: “We realized the need is out there and we have the capacity to do something about it…No matter if it is the Eucharist or a potluck, there is always enough for one more at the table.”

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Bishop Waggoner with children from Stone Soup Café. Photo: Tracey Waring

Equipped by our mission to serve Christ in all persons, Episcopal parishes and dioceses can offer a comfortable space, eager volunteers, and a warm community to welcome participants of summer feeding programs. “The magnitude of taking on the challenge should not dissuade any congregation from becoming a food site,” says Waring. “This is an exciting opportunity to develop partnerships with other faith communities and/or community groups to make it happen.”

Learn how to sponsor a federally-funded summer feeding program here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/how-become-sponsor

To learn more about nutrition and other crucial human needs programs, join the Episcopal Public Policy Network at: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/app/register?5&m=29629

For more information, contact Jayce Hafner at jhafner@episcopalchurch.org.

[1] Feeding America Child Hunger Fact Sheet

 

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Independence Day

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On July 4, The Episcopal Church will join the nation in celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence marking the separation of the United States of America from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776. May God continue to bless our nation and its people.

Collect for Independence Day:

Lord God Almighty, in whose Name the founders of this country won liberty for themselves and for us, and lit the torch of freedom for nations then unborn: Grant that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain our liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 242)

 

Collect 17: For the Nation

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 258)

 

Prayer 18: For Our Country

Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 820)

 

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Living Without Fear – Proper 8 (B) – 2015

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27Psalm 1302 Corinthians 8:7-15Mark 5:21-43

There was something in the woman’s immense faith, a total conviction that after years of suffering, she had found the cure in the person of Jesus, and the energy of that faith was more powerful than all the shoving and pulling of the crowd. One touch of utter faith calls forth the creative power of the divine, and healing occurs.

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Today’s sermon comes from Katerina K. Whitley who is the author of Seeing for Ourselves (Morehouse, 2002).  She lives and writes in Valle Crucis, near Boone, N.C.

Questions Propel our Faith Journey – Proper 7 (B) – 2015

Today’s sermon comes from The Rev. Machrina Blasdell who currently teaches religious studies for Park University, Parkville, MO.

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Many times in our lives we face the unknown, the uncertainty of a future, an outcome, we cannot see.

And what we have to hold onto in those moments is our faith that God is with us: that God will be our solid rock to stand on, or that we will be taught to fly.

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Best of Bible Studies

During the summer months, we are taking the opportunity to highlight some of the “Best of…” here at Sermons that Work. We hope you enjoy reading some of the highlighted Bible Studies from previous years.