St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Maple Glen, Pennsylvania
Lectionary Notes

Lessons and Reflections for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

In the reading from Isaiah, we hear the words of God to Cyrus, a foreign ruler, who is nonetheless called “anointed” = called, chosen, and empowered by God for God’s own purposes.  The working of the Lord is not limited to those who believe in or worship him!  The Lord of all can work his plan…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah 25:1-9 Psalm 23 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 The prophet Isaiah describes a day when the Lord God will redeem his people and restore them to the fullness of life.  The great feast on the mountain (Jersusalem) is a vivid picture of this time when death and sorrow are no more.  Isaiah was not likely thinking…

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Lessons and reflections for the 18th Sunday After Pentecost, October 8, 2017

Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21: 33-46 The prophet Isaiah paints the scene of a vineyard that is lovingly established by its owner.  It is clear that the vineyard is the people of Israel who were set free from captivity and established by the hand of the Lord. But the “produce” of Israel has become cries and…

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Lessons and Reflections for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, October 1, 2017

Exodus 17:1-7 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 In the reading from Exodus, we hear the people of Israel contending with Moses over the lack of water. Their complaint to Moses is understood here to mean the same thing as doubting God’s guidance, since Moses is following God’s directions in leading Israel. Yet God demonstrates faithfulness and…

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Lessons and Reflections for Saint Matthew’s Day, Sunday September 24, 2017

Proverbs 3:1-6 Timothy 3:14-17 Matthew 9:9-13 Dear Friends, In place of the usual readings for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the saint for whom both our Parish and one of the Gospels is named – a former tax collector named Matthew. Tax collectors of Jesus’ day were despised for serving the Romans, and making themselves wealthy at the…

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