First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-18 Elijah hears God in the midst of silence Psalm: Psalm 7:1-11 (Psalm 7:1-10 NRSV) God is my shield and defense. (Ps. 7:11) Second Reading: Acts 11:27--12:3a James is killed by Herod Gospel: Mark 10:35-45 Whoever wishes to be great must become a servant Liturgical Color: Red
Lectionary 17 / Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Sunday, July 27
First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-12 Solomon's prayer for wisdom First Reading (Semi-continuous): Genesis 29:15-28 Leah and Rachel become Jacob's wives Psalm: Psalm 119:129-136 When your word goes forth, it gives light and understanding. (Ps. 119:130) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Make known the deeds of the LORD among the peoples. Hallelujah! (Ps. 105:1, 45) Psalm (Alternate): Psalm 128 (Psalm 128 (Semi-continuous) NRSV) Happy are they who follow in the ways of the LORD. (Ps. 128:1) Second Reading: Romans 8:26-39 Nothing can separate us from God's love Gospel: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Parables of the reign of heaven Liturgical Color: Green
Birgitta of Sweden, renewer of the church, died 1373 Wednesday, July 23
Birgitta married at age thirteen and had four daughters. Widowed at age thirty-eight, she gave all that she owned to the poor, and founded a community of monks and nuns led by a woman. Her work is continued today by the Society of St. Birgitta.
James and his brother John were the sons of Zebedee, fishermen by trade before their call from Jesus. He was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred, and his death is the only one recorded in scripture (Acts 12:1-2).
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getting out the WORD - the 5th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 10:06
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
For twenty-five hundred years, people the world over have listened to the stories. The Boy Who Cried Wolf ! The Lion and the Mouse ! The Tortoise and the Hare ! And after each tale's told, the teller passes on a moral, a nugget of wisdom for living well.
So, it's to be expected that when we read the parables of Jesus, we look at them as if they're Aesop's fables! Ordinary things teaching extraördinary lessons! And when we get to the end of the story, we always look for the moral. What to do. What not to do. However, parables aren't fables! A fable teaches a lesson. A parable makes a point.
Parables tell us more about god than they do about ourselves. And, this week, with the Parable of the Sower, Jesus isn't encouraging us to be good soil. He's telling us that we can trust "the word of the kingdom!" Sometimes it seems like proclaiming that word just isn't working. People don't - can't - understand. They walk away. They get distracted. It isn't that they're bad people. They're just people. And it doesn't mean something's wrong with the word, either. It just means that life, at times, has a way of... well, of getting in the way! But, in the end, no matter what, the seed will do what the seed was meant to do. We can trust it! Believe in it! Depend on it! Of course, that seed sown is the message of god's love for us all!