Common Worship and Prayer

By / October 18, 2018

10/21/18 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

TWENTY-SECOND Sunday AFTER PENTECOST INTRODUCTION Today's gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who's number one, which leads Jesus to say...

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By / October 11, 2018

October 14 2018 | 21st Sunday after Pentecost | Service of Morning Prayer

INTRODUCTION The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark's gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

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By / October 3, 2018

10/7/18 World Communion Sunday

Today's gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus' saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God's law. Jesus' rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

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By / September 27, 2018

9/30/18 19th Sunday after Pentecost

The congregation is invited to stand, as able, at those times marked with an * Bold print, the community speaks...

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