Category Archives: After Pentecost

Readings and Sermon for the second Sunday after Pentecost

Collect: Proper 7

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.

1 Kings 19:1-15

The fearful and despairing Elijah is sustained by an angel and after traveling forty days and nights, is met by the Lord, not in wind, earthquake, or fire, but in a sound of sheer silence.

Psalm 42

Lamenting an inability to come to the house of God, and thirsting for the presence of the Lord

Psalm 43

A plea by one who is persecuted and in distress, to be able to come and worship in the Lord’s temple.

Galatians 3:23-29

The era of domination by the law is passed.  Now, through faith all find themselves baptized into unity in Christ

Luke 8:26-39

Jesus sends many demons out of a man who calls himself Legion and who is then restored to his right mind.

A Sermon by Brian McLaren

“We’ve all had experiences where something disrupts the norm and somebody does something that is inappropriate,” says Brian, in his introduction to this week’s sermon.  This naked man running around a graveyard, for instance.  “Everyone knows about him and he’s kind of an embarrassment,” McLaren continues.  But Jesus confronts the evil that oppresses him, casts it out, “saves” him.  What would that kind of salvation look like in our own time–that beautiful freedom from oppression–and where do we begin? 



Readings and Sermon for Trinity Sunday


Collect: Trinity Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and 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 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

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 . . . Wisdom is an attribute of God present from the beginning of the ages and before the creation.
Psalm 8  . . . The psalmist glorifies the Lord, sovereign of earth and magnificent heavens, which has made human life to have mastery over all other earthly creatures.
Romans 5: 1-5 . . . Paul bids disciples to rejoice in the reconciliation and hope which are theirs because of the sacrifice of Christ on behalf of sinners.
John 16:12-15 . . . Jesus promises to his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit who will guide them into all truth.
 Sermon: -“We Don’t Know Much“-

“We speak of Trinity not because we understand it  and certainly not because it is an exercise in logic, but because, however poorly, it describes something about the way God reveals God’s self to us and it seems real,” says The Rev. Sue Eaves.  She then asks, “But how does this happen?” Listen as Eaves explains how we can have both individual and communal relationship with the Trinity and how this relationship changes our lives.


21st Sunday After Pentecost


Work for Justice, Release our Attachment and Trust Jesus to form Us into a People of Compassion.

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. Amen

Job 23:1-9, 16-17. . .  Job  wants God to hear his case in person.

Psalm 22:1-15 . . . The Cry of the Forsaken

Hebrews 4:12-16 . . . only through Jesus can the kingdom come — as our apostle and high priest, he builds us into “God’s house.”

Mark 10:17-31 . . . Jesus advises a wealthy man who seeks God to obey God’s commandments and to detach from his possessions and focus fully on God.

A Sermon by The Rev. Jason Micheli, Pastor of Annandale United Methodist Church in Annandale, Virginia.  The Ten Commandments in relationship to the gospel. 

20th Sunday after Pentecost

The richness of interdependence

Collect: Proper 22

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we 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

Job 1:1, 2:1-10 . . . stricken with suffering by Satan to test his faithfulness to God.

Psalm 26 . . . A Prayer For Level Ground


Genesis 2:18-24 & Psalm 8 . . .  describes the complementary nature of man and woman as God originally intended it at creation.

Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 . . . the relationship of Jesus to God, to God’s creation and to humanity.

Mark 10:2-16 . . . the importance of caring for those most likely to be abandoned

Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, preaches this week’s Gospel text from Mark 10:2-16. “There are times when the lectionary forces the preacher to consider texts he or she would rather avoid,” Somerville says. “This Sunday is one of those times.” Is divorce a sin? Is re-marriage adultery? Don’t we wish Jesus had kept these thoughts to himself?


18th Sunday After After Pentecost

Humility, Compassion and Service

Collect: Proper 20

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

Proverbs 31:10-31. . .  praises the ideal wife.

Psalm 1 . . . Life’s Journey: two contrasting ways to live and the teaching they provide


Wisdom 1:16—2:1, 12-22 . . .  (alternate Canticle) gives voice to the ungodly, who experience the goodness of the righteous as an unwelcome reminder of their selfishness.

James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a. . . reminds us that humility and peaceableness show the wisdom of God.

Mark 9:30-37, , ,  contrasts the disciples’ battle over privilege with Jesus’ proclamation of his radical approach to discipleship—placing ourselves at the disposal of the lowliest of the kingdom.

In today’s sermon, Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, Senior Pastor of the historic Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, preaches on Mark 9:30-37  “Why do so many of us get bogged down in keeping things from changing?

16th Sunday After Pentecost

God’s power to heal and restore.

Collect: Proper 18

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for as you always resist the proud who confide in their own 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

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 . . .  reminds us that God rewards just behavior.

Psalm 125 . . . God produces the condition of stability, and faith in the “Unmoved  Mover” of the world?


Isaiah 35:4-7 and Psalm 146. . . looks ahead to when God will bring healing to God’s people and to the land


James 2:1-10, (11-13) 14-17. . . God’s gift of inner, spiritual wholeness, a wholeness that results in outward acts of purity and kindness.

Mark 7:24-37. . . Jesus transforms a man’s silent world by healing his deafness and a speech impediment.

Ryan Ahlgrim, Pastor of First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches the story of the Syrophoenician Woman from Mark 7:24-37.    “Even Jesus Changes His Mind.”

15th Sunday after Pentecost

The challenge of living according to God’s guidelines.

Collect: Proper 17

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of 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 who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.  Amen

Song of Solomon 2:8-13. . . celebrates human love in light of God’s love. Moses

Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10 . . . the love that exist in divine-human relationship


Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 and Psalm 15  . . . teaches that the law of the Lord is a gracious gift to God’s people.


James 1:17-27 . . .  the word planted within us can save us as we do what it says.


Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 . . . right relationship is based on obedience to God, not in compliance with human traditions.

Sermon by The Rev. Dr. Judy Kincaid,  Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Michigan, and a graduate of the preaching program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. For this sermon, she preaches on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, and 21-23. Scandal alert! 


14th Sunday After Pentecost

The joys and challenges of following Jesus.

Collect: Proper 16

Grant, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end, Amen

1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11), 22-30, 41-43 . . . Solomon expresses his service of God at the dedication of the Jerusalem temple

Psalm 84  . . . the Journey to The Divine Face


Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 with Psalm 34:15-22 . . .  Joshua  leads the people of Israel in the choice to follow God


Ephesians 6:10-20 . . .Paul exhorts Christians to protect themselves with the armor of God.

John 6:56-69 . . . Jesus’ words cause many to turn away from him, but the twelve disciples recognize his teaching as the words of eternal life.

Sermon by Rachel May, Pastor of Boulevard United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia, preaches a sermon on the Gospel lesson from John 6:56-69. “Jesus has known all along that his ministry would repel as well as attract,” she says. “’Blessed are those whom I do not offend,” Jesus acknowledges elsewhere in the gospels. It hurts to think about people leaving because we know that when people do leave, it hurts. People leave in John 6.” But leaving isn’t the whole story. “Some of the disenchanted go away,” May says, “But others go deeper.

13th Sunday after Pentecost

God’s sustenance with the emphasis on the eternal consequences

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 daily endeavor ourselves to fellow 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.

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. . . Solomon shows his wisdom by his choice of one gift from God

Psalm 111. . . The Path of Virtue


Proverbs 9:1-6 and Psalm 34:9-14 . .  .  Wisdom gives a feast to which all are invited.


Ephesians 5:15-20 . . . Paul encourages Christians to be filled with God’s Spirit

John 6:51-58. . . Jesus promises that all who eat his flesh will live forever.

Dr. Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and Co-Founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday, preaches a sermon on this week’s Gospel lesson from John 6:51-58. He begins by describing a scene from the movie “Cocoon,” in which three old men find “a pool in which old age is washed away.” While the thought of eternal youth is tempting to many, Dr. Somerville points out that eternal life is what we really want

Sermon from last week: John 6:35-51 St. John’s Lutheran Church Mattoon, IL Pastor Jacobsen,  Food