13th Sunday After Pentecost

How we are transformed by our following of Jesus and accepting our own cross

Proper 17

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver off all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen

Exodus 3:1-15 . . .  God comes to Moses in a fiery bush, informing him that he will lead God’s people out of slavery.

Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c  . . .  A Song of Remembrance about the beginning and the end of Egyptian exile.

Romans 12:9-21  . . .  Paul’s lengthy discussion of God’s plan of salvation leads him to call for a radical transformation of mind and body in conformity with God’s will.

Matthew 16:21-28  . . .  Jesus’ prediction of suffering and death shows the disciples that God’s ways are different from human methods.

Sermon by The Rev. Micah Jackson is the Bishop John Elbridge Hines Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of Comprehensive Wellness at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

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