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Readings and Reflections on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost

1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:1-8 Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 John 6:35, 41-51 In this reading from 1 Kings, the prophet Elijah is fed and encouraged by the intervention of angels so that he might make a 40 day journey through the wilderness to the mountain of God. John’s Gospel continues from last week, in which…

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Readings and Reflections for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15 Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians 4:1-16 John 6:24-35 In the reading from Exodus we hear the story of the people of Israel complaining in the wilderness after the escape from Egypt. They demand of Moses to know how they will get food and water in this place.  God responds to their complaint by providing meat…

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Readings and Reflections for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

2 King 4:42-44 Psalm 145:10-19 Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 Dear Friends, In 2 Kings we have the story of Elijah who has twenty barley loaves to set before one hundred people. They all ate and had leftovers.  Barley loaves are small – one loaf would not quite make a meal for one person – but Elijah trusts that the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Lamentations3:21-33 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43 Lamentations 3 contains a powerful affirmation of God’s daily love and mercy that never end.  When we fail to understand what we are experiencing, or perhaps understand it all too well when confronted with adversity, grief and death, this scripture calls on us to keep quiet trust in the Lord. In Mark…

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Pentecost and the Slow Work of God

A Jesuit priest and scientist named Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote something about the slow work of God that I like very much. He said:“Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Numbers 21:4-9 Ephesians 2:1-10 John 3:14-21   The reading from Numbers describes the people of Israel who are grumbling against God’s leadership and provision as they declare, “we detest this miserable food.”  The poisonous serpents of the wilderness are interpreted by the grumblers as God’s punishment for this attitude. As a cure for those who are bitten, God…

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What are you doing for Lent?

    Are you “giving up something?” Are you “taking up” something?  A little of both?  Some things to consider: Take up a book.  A classic on the core practices of Christian life is Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster.  This is available through Amazon.com, and I’m so old I read it when it first…

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Readings and Reflections for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 40:21-31 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Psalm 147: 1-12, 21c Mark 1:29-39 Dear Friends, The prophet Isaiah paints a vivid contrast between the Creator of all, who “sits above the circle of the earth” with human princes and rulers.  These rulers may appear powerful in their day, but come to nothing as sure as grass turns to straw. …

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The Bishop is coming to St. Matthew’s

The word “Episcopal” literally means “Bishop.”  We are a church with Bishops, not unlike the Roman Catholic or Eastern Churches.  Other Protestant churches often have leaders or committees with different names who offer very similar leadership to that of a Bishop.   Our current Bishop, Daniel Gutierrez, is still fairly new to our Diocese (the…

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Readings and Reflections for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 1 Samuel 3:1-10 Psalm 139 John 1:43:51 The boy Samuel is destined to be a great prophet of God. But he must first learn how to identify when the word of the Lord speaks and how to respond. Hearing his name in the night, he does not recognize the Lord’s call and thinks he is…

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