Asides

10th Sunday After Pentecost

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?

 

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

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.

Sermon for the Week

 

 

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

God’s presence and how we are to respond to it.

Collect: Proper 12

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy;  that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Genesis 29;15-28  — Jacob meets his match in his future father and law, the deceptive Laban.

Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b — Celebrating God’s forming of a people through the generations.

Psalm 128 — The one who reverses the Lord will  be blessed with many children, a long life, and the prosperity of Jerusalem

Romans 8:26- 39 — PAUL  expresses his confidence that God is for us, making love known to humankind through the sacrifice of the Son and the help of the Spirit.

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-5 — Five of Jesus’ short parables; the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the priceless pearl, and the net.

A Sermon from God to the right brain

A sermon for the left Brain

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Collect: Proper 11

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Genesis 28: 10-19

Wisdom of Solomon 12: 13. 16-19

13 For neither is there any god besides you, whose care is for all people,  to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly; . . .  verses  16-19

Romans 8: 12-25

Mathew 13:24-30, 36-43

Sermon Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, and one of our most popular preachers, takes on the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds from Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

The surety with which God’s salvation will come

Collect: Proper 10[i]

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Genesis 25:19-34 . . . Rebekah gives birth to Esau and Jacob


Psalm 119:105-112 . . . 
A pledge to remain faithful to God’s teachings so as to reap the rewards of faithful living.

Romans 8:1-11 . . . God’s Spirit is alive and at work in us

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 . . . Jesus describes his ministry through the parable of the seeds and their various responses.

Carla Pratt Keyes, Pastor of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the parable of the Sower from Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 in a sermon called “All Ground Is Holy.” She asks, “What if we were to trust that God has made holy all the ground – that even in this time and this place, God knows what God is doing, God’s Word is powerful, and God’s harvest is abundant?” How would that increase the harvest?

 

 

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Hope that our sorrows and burdens will be lifted through God’s saving power

Collect: Proper 9

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor:  Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 – – Isaac finds his wife Rebekah and marries her so that God’s promises might continue to be fulfilled.

Psalm 45:11-18 — The psalmist sings of God’s glorious kingdom of power and compassion.

Romans 7:15–25 — Paul proclaims that we are freed from our moral weakness and inclination to sin by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 —  Jesus offers rest to all who long for relief from their burdens.

Father Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches a sermon from Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 called, “Pulling Together with Jesus.” “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” Jesus said, but it’s even easier and lighter when you don’t have to pull it alone.

 

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Collect: Proper 8

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;  Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Genesis 21:8-21 — Sarah’s jealousy as she fears that Ishmael may supplant her son Isaac in her husband Abraham’s affections.

Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17 — A prayer to the gracious and loving Lord for mercy and guidance

Romans 6:1-11 — Christian disciples  have been joined with Christ in his death through baptism, so they are to know a resurrection like his.

Matthews 10:24-39 — Jesus warns his disciples of troubles to come, but offers them the assurance of the Father’s care and his own readiness to support them before God when they speak up for him.

Rachel May, Pastor of Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, takes on that difficult saying of Jesus, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me” (Matthew 10:42-44), and especially the idea that those who welcome his disciples will be “rewarded.” What? Does Jesus have a rewards program? And is that what it takes to get people to do ministry?

Third Sunday after Pentecost

God’s strength will always help us as we witness to our faith

Collect: Proper 7[i]

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Genesis 21: 8-21 . . .  Abraham banishes his maidservant Hagar and the child Ishmael.

Psalm 86: 1-10, 16-17

Romans 6: 1b-11 . . .  Paul reminds the Roman community that God’s great gift of salvation overflows freely

Mathew 10: 10:24-39 . . .  Jesus reassures his disciples of their great worth to God.

The Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and a popular preacher, speaker, and writer, preaches a sermon called “Nobody Goes It Alone,” based on Matthew 10:24-39. Butler insists that even though the church of Jesus Christ is deeply flawed, we need it. We need each other. As Maya Angelou once said, “Nobody, but nobody, can make it out there alone.”

Ordinary Time After Pentecost

We  are reminded of God’s saving work in our world and are  summoned to  participate and to cooperate in efforts to accomplish God’s plan.
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

Exodus 19: 2-8a . . .  God recounts the saving deeds performed for the people and makes a covenant with them.

Psalm 100 . . . Song of the Lamb.

Romans 5:1-8 . . .  Paul reminds us that our reconciliation to God in Jesus Christ will lead to our salvation.

Matthew 9:35–10:8 (9-23) . . .  Jesus sends out the twelve disciples to carry his work and message throughout Israel.

Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and co-founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday preaches a sermon called “What’s a Disciple to Do?” based on this week’s Gospel lesson from Matthew 9:35-10:8. Jesus told us to go make disciples, but once they roll off the assembly line what’s a disciple to do? Isn’t that the logical next question? Jesus has some excellent answers

 

Trinity Sunday

The sufficiency of our Triune God

Collect: Trinity Sunday 

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Genesis 1:1–2:4 . . .   Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness 

Psalm 8 . . .  The Song of Mortal Beings

Canticle 13 . . . Song of the Three Young Men 29-34

2 Corinthians 13:11-13. . .   The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you 

Matthew 28:16-20 . . . remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

The Trinity Is Not Just for Trinity Sunday, But for Every Day of the Year (something to read)

The Trinity is a Mystery; it is a perception of God (a video Sermon)

Recommended Reading, “The Experience of God: Icons of The Mystery” by Raimon Panikkar.  or “Simply Christian” by Bishop Tom Wright.