Pentecost A

Day of Pentecost (A) – 2008

May 11, 2008 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39 The family arrived on a warm June day: a mother, grandmother, and five children ranging in ages from 17 to 3. As … [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday (A) – 2008

May 18, 2008 Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8 or Canticle 2 or 13; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 Let’s begin with an excerpt from The New Yorker magazine, from an article by Malcolm Gladwell. It’s about, … [Read More...]

Proper 7 (A) – 2008

June 22, 2008 Genesis 21:8-21 and Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 (or Jeremiah 20:7-13 and Psalm 69: 8-11 (12-17), 18-20); Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 According to the gospels, a big part of the ministry of Jesus … [Read More...]

Proper 8 (A) – 2008

June 29, 2008 Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 Today we read a story that can chill one’s soul, especially a parent’s. However, if we focus only on the topic of parent and child, and … [Read More...]

Proper 9 (A) – 2008

July 6, 2008 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45: 11-18; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke … [Read More...]

Proper 10 (A) – 2008

July 13, 2008 Genesis 25:19-34 and Psalm 119:105-112 [or Isaiah 55:10-13 and Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14]; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Today’s gospel reading is very familiar – the parable of the four … [Read More...]

Proper 11 (A) – 2008

July 20, 2008 Genesis 28:10-19a and Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 (or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 orIsaiah 44:6-8 and Psalm 86:11-17); Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Who are you? Who are your people? Who … [Read More...]

Proper 12 (A) – 2008

July 27, 2008 Genesis 29:15-28 and Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128 (or 1 Kings 3:5-12 and Psalm 119:129-136); Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Jesus asks, “Have you understood all this?” Without … [Read More...]

Proper 13 (A) – 2008

August 3, 2008 Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 17: 1-7, 16 (or Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-22); Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 The gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew, chapter 14, verses 13 to 21, and … [Read More...]

Day of Pentecost (A) – 2011

June 12, 2011 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23 The story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in an almost visible form – a form that was perceived by the senses – is one of the … [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday (A) – 2011

June 19, 2011 Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8 or Canticle 2 or 13; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 God. Is too big for your brain. You cannot capture nor contain God. In the movie “Three Weddings and … [Read More...]

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist (A,B,C) – 2011

June 24, 2011 Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85 or 85:7-13; Acts 13:14b-26; Luke 1:57-80 Much has been made in the popular press in recent years of so-called “helicopter parents.” Never heard of them? Well, they, … [Read More...]

Proper 8 (A) – 2011

June 26, 2011 Genesis 22:1-14 and Psalm 13 (Track 2: Jeremiah 28:5-9 and Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18); Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 "The wages of sin is death." Pulled out of the context of the majestic letter to … [Read More...]

Proper 9 (A) – 2011

July 3, 2011 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45: 11-18 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (or Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145: 8-15); Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary … [Read More...]

Independence Day (A,B,C) – 2011

July 4, 2011 Deuteronomy 10:17-21; Psalm 145 or 145:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-16; Matthew 5:43-48 As our nation celebrates its 235th anniversary, reflection on our liberty, freedom, and relationship with God, the … [Read More...]

Proper 10 (A) – 2011

July 10, 2011 Genesis 25:19-34 and Psalm 119:105-112 [or Isaiah 55:10-13 and Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14]; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Southern California is a maze of concrete freeways: two lanes, four … [Read More...]

Proper 11 (A) – 2011

July 17, 2011 Genesis 28:10-19a and Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 (or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8 and Psalm 86:11-17); Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 In a classic strip of the famed … [Read More...]

Proper 12 (A) – 2011

July 24, 2011 Genesis 29:15-28 and Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128 (or 1 Kings 3:5-12 and Psalm 119:129-136); Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Today let’s picture the world as an ungainly, promising … [Read More...]

Proper 13 (A) – 2011

July 31, 2011 Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17: 1-7, 16; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 [NOTE TO READER: The Greek word "esplahnisthē" in the fifth paragraph is pronounced "Es-plah-NEES-thee."] Jesus’ cousin, the … [Read More...]

Day of Pentecost (A) – 2014

June 8, 2014 Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39 Picture it: The disciples are gathered for worship, as was their custom. They’ve brought with them some bread … [Read More...]

Trinity Sunday (A) – 2014

June 15, 2014 Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Psalm 8 or Canticle 2 or 13; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; Matthew 28:16-20 Well, friends, today is Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year when we ponder the mystery of the Triune … [Read More...]

2 Pentecost, Proper 7 (A) – 2014

June 22, 2014 Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69: 8-11 (12-17), 18-20; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39 Have you ever thought that having a relationship with God would make your life easier? With God on your side, … [Read More...]

3 Pentecost, Proper 8 (A) – 2014

June 29, 2014 Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42 We have in today’s readings some very difficult texts. First, the frightening passage from Genesis, where God tests Abraham. The … [Read More...]

4 Pentecost, Proper 9 (A) – 2014

July 6, 2014 Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45: 11-18 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 (or Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145: 8-15); Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Today’s reading from Matthew’s … [Read More...]

5 Pentecost, Proper 10 (A) – 2014

July 13, 2014 Genesis 25:19-34 and Psalm 119:105-112 [or Isaiah 55:10-13 and Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-14]; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 “You are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (Romans … [Read More...]

6 Pentecost, Proper 11 (A) – 2014

July 20, 2014 Genesis 28:10-19a and Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 (or Wisdom of Solomon 12:13, 16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8 and Psalm 86:11-17); Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 If you go into any gym and find the … [Read More...]

7 Pentecost, Proper 12 (A) – 2014

July 27, 2014 Genesis 29:15-28 and Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128 (or 1 Kings 3:5-12 and Psalm 119:129-136); Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 In the Finger Lakes region of central New York, you can … [Read More...]

8 Pentecost, Proper 13 (A) – 2014

August 3, 2014 Genesis 32:22-31 and Psalm 17:1-7, 16 (or Isaiah 55:1-5 and Psalm 145: 8-9, 15-22); Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 Have you ever noticed that wherever food is present, Jesus is there? As … [Read More...]

The Transfiguration (A,B,C) – 2014

August 6, 2014 Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99 or 99:5-9; 2 Peter 1:13-21; Luke 9:28-36 Each year, we hear the story of the Transfiguration twice – once on the Last Sunday After Epiphany and again on August 6, the … [Read More...]

9 Pentecost, Proper 14 (A) – 2014

August 10, 2014 Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28and Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b (or 1 Kings 19:9-18 and Psalm 85:8-13); Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 Sometimes today’s gospel lesson is interpreted along the lines of the … [Read More...]

10 Pentecost, Proper 15 (A) – 2014

August 17, 2014 Genesis 45:1-15 and Psalm 133 (or Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 and Psalm 67); Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 In today’s passages we encounter the prickly theme of “choseness.” Does God have … [Read More...]

11 Pentecost, Proper 16 (A) – 2014

August 24, 2014 Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Psalm 124 (or Isaiah 51:1-6 and Psalm 138); Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Ask a group of people to keep a secret, and you’re looking for trouble. More than likely, … [Read More...]

12 Pentecost, Proper 17 (A) – 2014

August 31, 2014 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 [NOTE TO READER: Ehyeh asher Ehyeh is pronounced “EH-hyah ah-SHARE EH-hyah”] “God forbid it, Lord! This must never … [Read More...]

13 Pentecost, Proper 18 (A) – 2014

September 7, 2014 Exodus 12:1-14 and Psalm 149 (or Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40); Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20 Church conflict is nothing new. Sometimes people think there should be no conflict in … [Read More...]

14 Pentecost, Proper 19 (A) – 2014

September 14, 2014 Exodus 14:19-31 and Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11,20-21 [or Genesis 50:15-21 and Psalm 103:(1-7), 8-13 and Psalm 114]; Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35 Five Amish schoolgirls killed, 11 … [Read More...]

15 Pentecost, Proper 20 (A) – 2014

September 21, 2014 Exodus 16:2-15 and Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 (or Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8); Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16 How long have you been a member of this church? Or are you a first-timer? … [Read More...]

16 Pentecost, Proper 21 (A) – 2014

September 28, 2014 Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Imagine you are watching television and a commercial comes on. The camera pans out over a tranquil beach scene where … [Read More...]

17 Pentecost, Proper 22 (A) – 2014

October 5, 2014 Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and Psalm 19 (or Isaiah 5:1-7 and Psalm 80: 7-14); Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46 Any halfway decent real-estate agent or commercial property manager could … [Read More...]

18 Pentecost, Proper 23 (A) – 2014

October 12, 2014 Exodus 32:1-14 and Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 (or Isaiah 25:1-9 and Psalm 23); Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 Today’s gospel passage probably requires a bit of translation. There’s a big … [Read More...]

19 Pentecost, Proper 24 (A) – 2014

October 19, 2014 Exodus 33:12-23 and Psalm 99 [or Isaiah 45:1-7 and Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)]; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s.” These words of Jesus have … [Read More...]