Category Archives: After Pentecost

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Behold the seed (the word), the harvest (the 2nd coming) and hope (faith cultivation); how are we doing with that ?

Collect: Proper 6

 Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love,  that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion: for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 . . . Samuel sees beyond outward appearances to choose the least likely son of Jesse to anoint as king

Psalm 20; . . . Prayer on the day of triumph


 Ezekiel 17:22-24 . . . Ezekiel  gives the Israelites hope that one day God will restore their strength.

Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14 . . . Wisdom’s vision

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17; . . . Paul reminds his Corinthian communities that our eternal dwelling is not found here on earth but is with the Lord

Mark 4:26-34 . . . Jesus uses two parables to describe how God’s dynamic presence—the kingdom—grows in our lives.

Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, preaches a sermon from Mark 4:26-34 called, “The Mysterious Growth of the Mustard Seed Kingdom.”  “Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed and then takes a nap,” Somerville says.  “I think he means the growth of the Kingdom is a mystery.  Like the farmer there is nothing we can do to make it grow and like the farmer we might as well admit that we don’t know how it works.  I wish some of the so-called church growth experts would read this parable.”

 An 18-minute interview with the Episcopal News Service, Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry speaks about his priorities for leadership and administration, the role of the church in engaging God’s mission in the world, the state of race relations in the U.S., the importance of Anglican Communion partnerships, and his commitment to what he calls the Jesus Movement, to go out into the world “to bear witness to the good news of Jesus.”


Third Sunday After Pentecost

Exploring the pervading influence of sinfulness that makes humans stand in resistance and opposition to God

Collect: Proper 5

O God, from good all things proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15) . . .  we begin a series of readings describing the development of kingship in Israel

Psalm 138  . . . An Invocation of the Divine Presence

Genesis 3:8-15 . . . we learn the meaning of human sinfulness from the story of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.

Psalm 130   . . . The call For Healing

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 . . .  Paul encourages the Corinthian Christians to trust in the eternal power of God.

Mark 3:20-35 . . . when his opponents declare that Jesus is possessed by Beelzebul, Jesus warns them of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.

 Sin and Forgiveness, by Joshua Gyson, Pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church, Lutz, Florida

The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry ’78 M.Div., Presiding Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Church, delivers the sermon for morning worship at Yale Divinity School’s Convocation & Reunions 2015: “Love:”   . . .  

There is a balm in Gilead to make the sin sick whole” version ?



Second Sunday After Pentecost

The centrality of God in our lives

Proper 4[i]

O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) . . .  As a child, Samuel  hears the call of God.

Psalm 139:1-5,12-17 . . . The psalmist reminds God’s people of God’s saving acts in history.

2 Corinthians 4:5-12 . . . Paul describes his ministry as God’s gift, manifested through Paul’s sufferings.

Mark 2:23-3:6 , , , Jesus asserts himself as Lord even of God’s sabbath.

Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia,  sermon is  based on the readings from Psalm 139; 1 Samuel 3:1-10: and Mark 2:23-3:6 and begins with the words, “Jimmy, I love you.”

And a bonus: The second day of the Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT) was a Sunday morning celebration of the Holy Eucharist with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivering the sermon. It was held Nov. 20 at the Hartford Convention Center with more than 1600 attending: “Look to the Rock”

First Sunday After Pentecost: Trinity

The mystery of the Trinity
Collect: First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday[i]

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory, of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: We beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith and worship and bring us at last to see thee in thy one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

[i] Today’s readings invite us to experience . .  In today’s gospel,

Isaiah 6:1-8 . . . Isaiah responds to the invitation to speak for God, the Holy One.

Psalm 29  . . . The creative power of God expressed as word of voice


Song of Three Young Men  . . . A Song of Praise

Romans 8:12-17 . . . Paul explains that the Holy Spirit leads us to the Father, who adopts us as children and thus makes us “joint heirs with Christ.”

John 3:1-17 . . . Jesus explains to Nicodemus that being born of the Spirit, with faith in the Son, results in eternal life with God the Father.

Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, preaches a sermon for Trinity Sunday called “Baptipresbycostal,” in which he traces the trinitarian influences of his Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and Baptist upbringing


A written sermon on the  gospel called “The Three Persons of the Trinity” given to folks in the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada . A good perspective.


The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches on the most-memorized verse in the Bible, John 3:16, one that was such a familiar part of her youth and childhood she feels it deserves a closer look: “Cross or Cliché.”


The Final Sunday of Liturgical Year A

Christ Our Compassionate King

Collect: Proper 29

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that people of earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 . . . God as our Shepherd, who rescues and watches over us.

Psalm 100 . . . The Song of the Lamb


Psalm 95: 1-7a . . .  Remembering the Past, Holding The Future

Ephesians 1:15-23 . . . Christ reigning triumphantly over creation, over his enemies, over the Church and even over death.

Matthew 25:31-46 . . . a vision of final judgement, in which the Son of Man welcomes into God’s kingdom those who have treated others with compassion and mercy.

The Final Sunday for the year, “Christ Our King”


Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost

God asks us to make appropriate use of our gifts and talents.

Collect: Proper 28

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Judges 4:1-7 . . .    Deborah, a prophetess, shares with Barak God’s plan to defeat Sisera

Psalm 123 . . . Higher and lower sovereignty, to which do we see the throne?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 . . .  Paul urges the Thessalonians to quit worrying about the time of Jesus’ return, and instead to live fully, now, as children of light.

Matthew 25:14-30 . . . two slaves wisely invest the talents entrusted to them, while a third slave cowers in fear.

Sermon: “What is Expected”, by  Dr. Kincaid is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Michigan

Who Barack Obama was in 1995:  a review of “Songs Of My Father.”  Why did I decide this to be a good topic in a celebration session on use of talents, I don’t know.  For some reason it just fits: this is a guy who made quite a splash with what God gave him to work with.  And with that I can’t help but think about what I have at am doing.


Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost

Be prepared!

Collect: Proper 27

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him, in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Joshua 24:1-3a. . . Joshua  urges Israel to pledge their faithfulness to the one true God.

psalm 78:1-8 . . . . An introduction to Israel’s epic journey.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; . . ., Paul prepares the Thessalonians for Jesus’ return with the hope of reunion with those who have died in Christ.

Matthew 25:1-13 . . . . In Jesus’ parable in today’s gospel, the long-delayed bridegroom arrives to find only five bridesmaids prepared to celebrate with him.

Sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church: “Choose this day and every day.”

All Saint’s Sunday

The rich blessings God intends for the saints


Collect: All Saints’ Day

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Revelation 7:9-17 . . . . A vision that assures us of God’s ultimate triumph over evil, sadness and death, a victory to be shared with the faithful.

Psalm 34:1-10, 22 . . . . the “flavor” of the divine presence can only be known by its taste.

1 John 3:1-3 . . . , We are God’ children now, full participants in God’s kingdom.

Matthew 5:1-12 . . . .   the blessings that are ours as we depend on God and work for the kingdom.

Sermon: About Ernie Blake

A sermon on Revelation by Jim Somerville


21st Sunday After Pentecost

Love as the greatest of God’s commandments

Collect: Proper 25

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Deuteronomy 34:1-12 . . .  after their long and difficult sojourn in the desert, Israel is made aware of its call to holiness as it stands poised to enter the promised land.

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 . . . Our Journey Though Time

A Sermon on Moses “There Comes a Time.”

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 . . . Paul affirms his deep affection and respect for the believing community.

A Sermon Ministry: “Stand Firm”

Matthews 22: 34-40 . . . Jesus tells us that the greatest and first commandment is to love God

Sermon on The Great Commandment: ” Stump The Teacher”  by Jeff Foster, minister for the Gallup Church of Christ in Gallup, New Mexico


The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

The sovereignty of God over all human endeavor

Collect: Proper 24

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may preserve with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Exodus 33:12-23 . . .  God promises to be present as Moses continues to lead God’s people.

Psalm 99. . . Sovereign of The Universe — The Cherubim is an order of being beyond space-time as we know it who serve the divine will and have access to multiple dimensions

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 . . . Paul greets the Thessalonians with the assurance that God has chosen them for great works of faith.

Matthew 22:15-22  . . .  Jesus deflects the Pharisees’ malice by redirecting their thoughts to God’s sovereignty.

Sermon by Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond VA.