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November 23, 2018

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in...

November 18, 2018

1 Samuel 1:4-20; 1 Samuel 2:1-10; Hebrews 10:11-14 (15-18) 19-25;

Mark 13:1-8

What liturgical season begins two weeks from today? Right, Advent. And our church seasons are not for fanciness sake or some feeble attempt to make us look or feel important. Advent reminds us...

November 15, 2018

The story of Samuel’s mother, Hannah, is the foundation of this week’s OT and response (instead of the usual Psalm). 1st Samuel tells the story of Hannah’s inability to conceive a child and the shame, sadness, and isolation she feels in the society in which she lives....

November 11, 2018

Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

I don’t think any of us would deny that we live in a world of anxiety. And what’s more, we are so often anxious, unconsciously, about the idea we are not enough. We are not capable enough, good-looking enoug...

November 8, 2018

“Unless the Lord builds the house, the labor of those who build it is in vain.” Psalm 127: 1

How much more wonderful does life become when we discover that God is working through all that we do or aspire to do? When we work, we do so knowing that God is present to us, e...

November 4, 2018

Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, one of the five pillar days in the calendar year for baptisms. It is a day when all acknowledge that there is a Communion of Saints and that we don’t really...

November 1, 2018

“See, I am making all things new." Also, he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end." Revelation 21: 5-6a

What in our lives need to be made new? What in our wo...

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