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  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    James, Apostle
    Friday, July 25

    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
  • Sunday, July 27, 2014
    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

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  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014
    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.
  • Friday, July 25, 2014
    James, Apostle
    Friday, July 25

    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

the PRAYER...

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.

the READING...

And [Jesus] told [the crowd] many things in parables, saying: "Listen... " Matthew 13:1-9 , Matthew 13:18-23


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!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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  • Matthew 12:15-21
    ​When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken...

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