Pentecost B

Come Holy Spirit, Day of Pentecost (B) – 2006

June 4, 2006

(RCL) Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 

Have you ever bought something that needed to be assembled? After struggling to … [Read More…]

With what can we compare the kingdom of God?, 2 Pentecost, Proper 6 (B) – 2006

June 18, 2006

(RCL) 1 Sam 15:34-16:13 or Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 20 or 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 4:26-34

“He did not speak to them except in parables” (Mark 4:34).

Back in 199 … [Read More…]

Because we are human, Third Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 7 (B) – June 25, 2006

 (RCL) Psalm 9:9-20 or 133 or 107:1-3, 23-32; 1 Sam 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23),32-49 or 17:57-18:5, 10-16 or Job 38:1-11; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 

The Sea of Galilee, or more accurately, the lake of Ga … [Read More…]

May we see past scandal and welcome grace, Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 8 (B) – July 2, 2006

(RCL) Psalm 130 or 30; 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 or Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24, Lamentations 3:23-33; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 

Maybe you saw the movie “The Godfather, Part II.” In that film, the Mafia g … [Read More…]

But life in Christ is life in truth, Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 9 (B) – July 9, 2006

(RCL) Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 48 or 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

The prophet Ezekiel was active, scholars think, from about 593 BCE to 571 BCE. This period encompasses the destruction of the temple in … [Read More…]

Being close to the power of God, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 10 (B) – July 16, 2006

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

William Sloane Coffin, Jr., who recently died at the age of 81, was an honored scholar, civil rights leader, a … [Read More…]

Big and brave, Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 11 (B) – July 23, 2006

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

One of my favorite Old Testament stories is about Naaman, the Syrian army commander. Naaman is a very … [Read More…]

We only need to open our eyes, 8 Pentecost, Proper 12 (B) – 2006

July 30, 2006

2 Samuel 11:1-15 or 2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 14 or 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 

“So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves … they filled twelve ba … [Read More…]

By the very power of God, The Transfiguration (A,B,C) – 2006

August 6, 2006

Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99 or 99:5-9; 2 Peter 1:13-21; Luke 9:28-36

Today’s gospel reading is the story of the Transfiguration. Six months from now we will hear this same lesson on the last S … [Read More…]

So should it be with our life of faith: delicious, satisfying, 10 Pentecost, Proper 14 (B) – 2006

August 13, 2006

(RCL) 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51 

Café Beaujolais, a wonderful bakery on the northern California coast, makes a rich, dense bread they call Austrian S … [Read More…]

The hospitality of our God, Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 15 (B) – August 20, 2006

(RCL) 1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 or Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 111 or 34:9-14; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58 

“Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” The King James language would have been … [Read More…]

We all need to find our gift of servant ministry, Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 16 (B) – August 27, 2006

(RCL) Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; Psalm 34:15-22; Ephesians 6:10-20, John 6:56-69 

Remember the old gospel hymn, “When the roll is called up yonder”? Today’s scripture challenges Christians’ exercise of God’s gift to s … [Read More…]

We are to be doers of the word, Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 17 (B) – September 3, 2006

(RCL) Song of Solomon 2:8-13 or Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 or 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15, 21-23 

“Sit up straight! Elbows off the table! Napkin in your lap! Wait until everyone has been se … [Read More…]

Thank goodness for women and men who seek justice, Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 18 (B) – September 10, 2006

(RCL) Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 or Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 125 or 146; James 2:1-10 (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37 

I suspect that “pushy” women do an enormous amount of the work that keeps the world going. One very … [Read More…]

What Would Jesus Do?, Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 19 (B) – September 17, 2006

(RCL) Proverbs 1:20-33 or Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 19 or Wis of Sol 7:26-8:1 or Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38 

You have seen them everywhere: bracelets, key rings, and just about anything that can be m … [Read More…]

It does change, starting with us, Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 20 (B) – September 24, 2006

(RCL) Proverbs 31:10-31 or Wisdom 1:16-2:1, 12-22 or Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 1 or 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37 

What do today’s business leaders and the child that Jesus picks up have in common? Let’s … [Read More…]

We must begin within, 17 Pentecost, Proper 21 (B) – 2006

October 1, 2006

(RCL) Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 or Numbers 11:4-6,10-16, 24-29; Psalm 124 or 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 

“No one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to sp … [Read More…]

True humility, Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 23 (B) – October 15, 2006

(RCL) Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31 

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this Gospel? Do you wonder if you are one of the rich people whose wealth will m … [Read More…]

Jesus tells us that our baptisms have given us power, 20 Pentecost, Proper 24 (B) – 2006

October 22, 2006

(RCL) Job 38:1-7, (34-41) or Isaiah 53:4-12; Psalm 91:9-16 or 104:1-9, 25, 37c; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45 

Sounds like the office doesn’t it? Two up-and-coming members of the team take the … [Read More…]

I’m blessed, Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 25 (B) – October 29, 2006

(RCL) Jeremiah 31:7-9 or Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 126 or 34:1-8 (19-22); Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52 

Gospel singer and evangelist Clay Evans sings a song entitled “I’m Blessed.” It’s a great piece about God’s … [Read More…]

We remember those who have gone before, and pray that we may follow after, All Saints’ Day (B) – November 1, 2006

(RCL) Wisdom 3:1-9 or Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44 

In recent years Halloween seems to have needed defending against those who regard it as terrible. Certainly there can be excess at … [Read More…]

You are not far from the kingdom of heaven, 22 Pentecost, Proper 26 (B) – 2006

November 5, 2006

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 or Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 119:1-8 or 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34 

This is one of those gospels that when we hear it, we can get all comfy in our pews and say, “Oh well, of … [Read More…]

We are to give, Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 27 (B) – November 12, 2006

(RCL) Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 or 1 Kings 17:8-16; Psalm 127 or 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 

She was a woman. She was poor. These are two facts anyone could tell that day in the Court of the Women in the T … [Read More…]

How do you spend time?, Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 28 (B) – November 19, 2006

(RCL) Daniel 12:1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25; Mark 13:1-8 

How do you spend time? How will you live this day? Each of our lessons appointed for this Sunday has something to do with the end of time, with a … [Read More…]

At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, Christ the King (B) – 2006

November 26, 2006

(RCL) 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-13, (14-19) or Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14; Psalm 93; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37 

It is an extraordinary scene. Into the room swaggers the representative of t … [Read More…]

The power of the Holy Spirit is like the rising tide, Day of Pentecost (B) – May 31, 2009

(RCL) Acts 2:1-21 or Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104: 25-35,37; Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
“And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the e … [Read More…]

The Lord’s voice is the music at the center of all, Trinity Sunday (B) – 2009

June 7, 2009

Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29 or Canticle 2 or 13; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17

[NOTE: If a piano is available, consider playing the musical notes described.]

Imagine that you are sitting at a piano, … [Read More…]

In the kingdom of God, 2 Pentecost, Proper 6 (B) – 2009

June 14, 2009

(RCL) 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, Psalm 20, 2 Corinthians 5:6-17, Mark 4:26-34

In today’s gospel passage, Jesus speaks in parables. Again. He does that a lot. Jesus frequently uses this particular l … [Read More…]

Human life is lived under the sign of the question mark, Third Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 7 (B) – June 21, 2009

(RCL) 1 Samuel 17: (1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49 and Psalm 9:9-20; or 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16 and Psalm 133; or Job 38:1-11 and Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41

“Have you considered my s … [Read More…]

Death has always been a question, 4 Pentecost, Proper 8 (B) – 2009

June 28, 2009

2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 and Psalm 130; or Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24 and Lamentations 3:21-33 or Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

“God did not make death, and he does not delight i … [Read More…]

When God’s power is allowed to shine through us, Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 9 (B) – July 5, 2009

(RCL) 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 and Psalm 48; or Ezekiel 2:1-5 and Psalm 123; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13
“If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is o … [Read More…]

Let us dance together, Sixth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 10 (B) – July 12, 2009

(RCL) 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

What does our culture, our society, tell us about dancing? Does it celebrate it? Does it embrace and expand upon it, helping it to infuse … [Read More…]

In so many ways we are a tired and weary people, Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 11 (B) – July 19, 2009

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

We are in many ways a weary people. Literally and figuratively, we are tired.

A survey … [Read More…]

Jesus continues to gives us our daily bread, 8 Pentecost, Proper 12 (B) – 2009

July 26, 2009

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

The crowd clamors after Jesus for healing. The Great Physician is healing the sick and there … [Read More…]

Jesus is daily sustenance, 9 Pentecost, Proper 13 (B) – 2009

August 2, 2009

(RCL) 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a and Psalm 51:1-13 (Track 2: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and Psalm 78:23-29); Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will n … [Read More…]

Paul invites us to live an authentic life, Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 14 (B) – August 9, 2009

(RCL) 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 and Psalm 130 (Track 2: 1 Kings 19:4-8 and Psalm 34:1-8); Ephesians 4:25-5:2; John 6:35, 41-51

What is it about youth-group songs that make them stick in your head?
I am the … [Read More…]

Jesus leaves himself with us and for us, 11 Pentecost, Proper 15 (B) – 2009

August 16, 2009

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 and Psalm 111 (or Proverbs 9:1-6 and Psalm 34:9-14); Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

Sometimes you have to wonder about after-church snacks, especially celebrations. … [Read More…]

We are walking on holy ground, 12 Pentecost, Proper 16 (B) – 2009

August 23, 2009

(RCL) 1 Kings 8: (1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43 and Psalm 84 (Track 2: Joshua 24:1-20, 14-18 and Psalm 34: 15-29); Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

During Pentecost of Year B of the Lectionary, we … [Read More…]

Love received is love to be shared, Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 17 (B) – August 30, 2009

(RCL) Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Love received is love to be shared.

Life is short – and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who … [Read More…]

What a friend we have in Jesus, 14 Pentecost, Proper 18 (B) – 2009

September 6, 2009

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Psalm 125 (Track 2: Isaiah 35:4-7a and Psalm 146); James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17; Mark 7:24-37

In today’s gospel, we hear that Jesus went about the countryside h … [Read More…]