Our lesson from 1 Thessalonians this Gaudete Sunday gives us practical instruction in how to pass the time joyfully while we the coming of our Lord and King.
This Sunday, the lectionary brings us warnings of God’s judgment, but also fill us with reason to hope in Psalm 90:1-12. If we commit to regularly reading Scripture, we’ll discover the timeless God who gives us proper perspective about life over the long haul.
As we start Advent, Psalm 122 is placed within our readings, to encourage to gather, to do so joyfully, and to seek the good of those in God’s household both in prayer and action. May we ready our hearts for our Coming King!
Who is Zacchaeus? A man of prayer in action!
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):