Collect: 1 Advent
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Isaiah 64:1-9 . . . Isaiah assures us that God works for those who wait in faithfulness, especially through challenging times.
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 . . . A prayer for restoration of life and seeing
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 . . . Paul affirms his readers for their spiritual gifts, which well equip them for the return of the Lord Jesus.
Mark 13:24-37 . . . Jesus directs us to “keep awake”
Sermon: “The Present Moment” by Geoffrey Plant
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”
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.
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.”
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
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 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.
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