Celebrating the joy of being invited to God’s kingdom feast
Collect: Proper 23
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Exodus 32: 1-14 . . . God spares the people of Israel, despite their worship of the golden calf.
Psalm 106: 1-6, 19-23 . . . A Story of Tragedy
Philippians 4:1-9 . . . Paul describes the root of his sufficiency to the Philippians.
Matthews 22: 1-14 . . . Jesus presents a parable of the kingdom, in which the king graciously invites all he can find to his banquet.
Sermon by Dr. Richard W. Voelz, Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA.
Fruitfulness is examined as the result of our relationship to God through Christ.
Collect: Proper 22
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Exodus 21: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20 . . . God outlines the fruit of faith—the Ten Commandments.
Psalm 19 . . . A Hymn to the Universe
Philippians 3:4b-21 . . . Paul speaks of turning from his past and pushing on toward the prize of God. “He makes all things new” by John Skaggs
Matthew 21: 33-46 . . . Jesus issues a call to repentance through the parable of the wicked tenants
Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church preaches a sermon from Matthew 21:33-46 called, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He begins: “Before we sink our teeth into the meaty parable that is this morning’s Gospel reading, we need to spend a little time talking about allegory…” Because this parable is an allegory in which object or persons inside the narrative have a one-to-one correspondence with meanings outside the narrative. The “wicked tenants,” for example, may represent actual people, and, actually…the very people Jesus is talking to
The depth and breadth of God’s gracious generosity
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Exodus 16:2-15 . . . God provides ungrateful Israel with meat and bread
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 . . . God promised the land of Canaan to the covenant people and then kept the promise.
Philippians 1:21-30 . . . Paul acknowledges that Christ is all to him, both in life and in death.
Matthew 20:1-16 . . . Jesus tells the parable of the early laborers, who envy the landowner’s generosity toward late-comers
Sermon by Lauren McLeavey at St Marks, Islip and Emmanuel, Great River, NY
Collect: Proper 19
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Exodus 14:19-31 . . . Despite Israel’s fear and unfaithfulness, God rescues them from the advancing Egyptians.
Psalm 114. . . The Play of Spirit
Romans 14:1-12 . . . Paul explains that nothing in our lives is outside the reign of Christ.
Matthew 18:21-35 . . . One slave refuses to share the forgiveness he receives from the king.
Sermon by Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia.
Examination of God’s call to community
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for as you always resist the proud who confide in their strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen
Exodus 12:1-14 . . . God commands Moses and Aaron to institute the first Passover, as a community day of remembrance.
Romans 13:8-14 . . . Paul describes the characteristics and behaviors of believers in community.
Matthew 18:15-20 . . . Jesus tells his disciples to persist in their pursuit of reconciliation.
Rev. Rachel May, Pastor of Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, looks at the text from Exodus 12 in a whole new way. Instead of giving us instructions about how to keep the Passover feast she focuses on those first two verses, where God gives instructions about what to do with our calendars
How we are transformed by our following of Jesus and accepting our own cross
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.
The core of the faith upon which we build our Christian community—Jesus as Christ and Son of God
Collect Proper 16
Grant, O merciful God, that your church, being gathered to gather in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all people, to the glory 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 1:8-2:10 . . . The Egyptian Pharaoh begins his campaign of forced labor and genocide on the Hebrew slaves.
Psalm 124 . . . “Blessed be God, no longer are we fodder for our foes.
Romans 12:1-8 . . . Paul’s teaching about God’s great plan of salvation invites a radical transformation of mind and body in conformity with God’s will.
Matthew 16:13-20 . . . Peter finally recognizes Jesus’ true identity: “the Messiah, Son of the living God.”
The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, preaches a sermon from Matthew 16:13-20 called, “The Real Question.” She asks, “Have you ever wondered: who is Jesus? That’s really the question we Christians are all trying to answer—to the world, to each other, to ourselves—isn’t it?” and then she says, “I used to know the answer . . . when I was 5.” Find out how much Amy has learned since then by pushing the play button.
God’s all-inclusive mercy
Collect: Proper 15
Almighty God, who hast given thy only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin and also an example of godly life: Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Genesis 45:1-15 . . . Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers.
Psalm 133 . . . The treasure of unity
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32 . . . The hopelessness of our disobedience lets God have mercy on us all.
Matthew 15:(10-20)21-28 . . . A bold Canaanite woman earns Jesus’ approval by clinging to his mercy.
“The Chemistry Of The Crumbs“, by Bishop T.D. Jakes (a five-part sermon).
Note: I would have titled this sermon “I’ve Got a Devil to Fight.” We all don’t have to be moms to be in the picture. The Chemistry of the crumbs works for all who have a devil to fight, all who have something or someone who, from time to time, insist on blocking the way of the God’s presence. We are all entitled to God’s mercy.
How God responds to our need for help.
Collect: Proper 14[I]
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 . . . Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.
Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b . . . Song of Remembrance — how committed God always was to the original promise
Romans 10:5-15 . . . Paul declares that salvation comes to those who call on Jesus as Lord
Matthew 14:22-33 . . . Peter’s faith falters as he walks toward Jesus over the waves, but Jesus holds him.
Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches a sermon from Matthew 14:22-33 called, “What Are You Afraid Of?” He talks about Peter overcoming his fear of the wind and the waves simply by doing what he sees Jesus doing and moving toward him in any way he can. What about you? Could you overcome your fear by doing what you see Jesus doing, and getting as close to him as you can?
Collect: Proper 13
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
Genesis 32:22-31 . . . Jacob, on the night before his confrontation with his brother Esau, wrestles all night with a man he comes to recognize as God.
Psalm 17: 1-7, 15 . . . A plea for justice and protection by one who followed God’s ways.
Romans 9:1-5 . . . Paul expresses his anguish and sorrow that so many of the children of Israel, the people especially favored by God, have not found the Lord’s promise.
Matthew 14: 13-21 . . . the story of Jesus feeding over 5,000 people.
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