Continuing through the lectionary‘s Psalms and Canticles, we come across the Canticle from Isaiah 12. The Prayer Book has it as Canticle 9 (First Song of Isaiah). And in it we celebrate the waters of salvation!
Playing a bit of catch up after a busy run from All Saints into Diocesan Convention to our our Election Day Spaghetti Dinner at the church. So here’s two sermons (plus links to the readings) for your spiritual edification. Blessings!
All Saints readings & sermon:
Proper 27 readings & sermon:
Who is Zacchaeus? A man of prayer in action!
At St Bartholomew’s, my second parish, we celebrated Fr Charlie Martin’s 20 years of service while Bp Dorsey McConnell was there to visit. At St Francis we enjoyed a typical Sunday service. But we both, once again, focused on Luke’s Gospel where Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector who prayed in the temple. Either way, we all need divine forgiveness, as well as a genuinely penitent heart to seek it out.
God has proven character that makes our trust well-earned. So don’t stop praying! Persevere! That’s the gist of what Jesus is saying this week.
Prayer is still on the table, as Jesus only gets thanked 10% of the time. Faithful, humble prayer can heal us inside and out, but if we don’t show gratitude, just what kind of recipient of God’s good gifts are we?
In serving two church’s, when the bishop is at one church, you still need to preach at the other. This provides a neat chance to compare and contrast how two different people approach the same Gospel lesson. The good thing to note, we both agree on the necessity of a vibrant faith and a deep sense of humility in following Jesus.
My sermon (St Bartholomew’s):
My bishop’s sermon (St Francis):
“I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind,” Snoop Dogg once rapped. Jesus continues exhorting us about our finances, encouraging us to use what we have to help the less fortunate in his famous parable about Lazarus and the Rich Man.
Money, money, money! Jesus has a lot to say about it, especially today in his parable of the shrewd steward. What can we learn about financial faithfulness to God from a shady character like him? Find out.
Want to know how much God loves you? Read and reflect to know how much joy our holy Lord has over one sinner who repents.