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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

(To read appointed lessons, click above.)

Ancillary Readings:

"Commentary of Luke 1:26-38,"   by Paul S. Berge, Professor Emeritus - New Testament, 

 Luther Seminary, MN, found at workingpreacher.org

"The Silence is Shattered; Luke 1:1-38" by Pastor Robert L. Deffinbaugh, found at Bible.org

 "The Announcement of the Birth of Jesus to Mary,", no attribution, found at Biblegateway.com

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"The Annunciation"

by Jan van Eyck, Netherlands, c. 1434/1436

Mellon Collection, National Gallery, Washingon, DC.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Third Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Canticle 15 (Magnificat); 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

(To read appointed lessons, click above.)

Ancillary Readings:

"Witnesses and Interrogators - A sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28" by Fr. Michael K. Marsh, MDiv., DMin., Priest at St Philip's Episcopal Church - Uvalde, TX, found at interruptingthesilence.com

"Lesson 3: God's Witness, Your Verdict John 1:6-13", By Steven J. Cole, Th.M., Pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship, found at Bible.org

"Commentary on John 1:6-8, 19-28"by Paul S. Berge, Professor Emeritus - New Testament, 

Luther Seminary, MN, found at workingpreacher.org

 "Bible Commentary, John 1:6-8, 19-28,", found at sermonwriter.org

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"The Visitation"

by James Tissot (1886-1894)

Public Collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Second Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalms 85:113-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:9-15; 1 Mark 1: 1-8

 (To read appointed lessons, click above.)

Ancillary Readings:

"Commentary on Mark 1:1-8," by Paul S. Berge, Professor Emeritus - New Testament, Luther Seminary, MN at workingpreacher.org 

 "The Angel in Camel Skin - The Advent Ice Bucket Challenge," by Nancy Rockwell, at Patheos.com

"A Lesson in Humility, Mark 1:1-8," by Mark Feason, M.Div., VP Grace Communion International at GCI.org

John the Baptist

John the Baptiser, attribution unknown.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80: 1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-27

(To read appointed lessons, please click above.)

"The Awesome Second Coming of Christ," by Pastor Chris Mueller, M.Div., at media.faith-bible.net

"Commentary on Mark 13:24-37,"  by Paul S. Berge, Professor Emeritus - New Testament, Luther Seminary, MN at workingpreacher.org

 

"Mark 13:24-37: Advent - One of Those Dangerous Religious Ideas," by Matthew L. Skinner, Professor - New Testament, Luther Seminary, MN at huffingtonpost.com

 

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Stained Glass entitled, "Last Judgment," by Sir Edward Burne Jones (1896)

located at St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham, UK (west window)



Sunday, November 26, 2017

Feast of Christ the King

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 1:15-23; Psalm 100; Eskiel 34:11-16 20-24; Matthew 25:31-46

(To Read Appointed Lessons, Please Click Above.)

Ancillary Readings:

"Structural Marginality in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats," by Rev. William E. Flippin Jr., ThM DMin at Huffingtonpost.com

"The Judgment of the Nations," by John F. Walvoord, President, Dalla Theological Seminary at Bible.org

"Separating the Sheep from the Goats," by Pastor Charles Henrickson, at SteadFastLutherans.org

Finally, for a comprehensive compliation of works discussing this text, which the reader can browse all in one place, pleased click on Textwork.com. The site is maintained courtesy of Jenee Woodard, bible historian, site creator, researcher and founder.


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Christ in Judgment

Yale Divinity Library



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Judges 4:1-7; Psalms 123; ! Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

(To Read Appointed Lessons, Please Click Above.)

Ancillary Readings

"The Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30," by Pastor Robert L. Deffinbaugh at Bible.org.

"The Politics of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30", by Mark Davis on Politicaltheology.com.

"The Parable of the Talent," Jonathan Pennington and Alice Mathews at Theology of Work Project, Inc.

Finally, for a comprehensive compliation of works discussing this text, which the reader can browse all in one place, pleased click on Textwork.com. The site is maintained courtesy of Jenee Woodard, bible historian, site creator, researcher and founder.

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"The Talents," an image from "Speculum Humanae Salvationis"

a Medival Illuminated Manuscript

circa 1360.

ULB Darmstadt, Germany

 

November 12, 2017

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13

(To Read Appointed Lessons, Please Click Above) 

Ancillary Readings

"The Ten Virgins; What it Means to be Ready (Matthew 25:1-13)," by Robert L. Deffinbaugh, Pastor, Community Bible Chapel, Richardson, TX. Click here for a link to Bible.org

"My Bad Dream," by Liz Miller, Staff Chaplain, CIC Ministries, Santa Clara, CA. Click here for a Link to the website, Journeywithjesus.net

Finally, for a comprehensive compliation of works discussing this text, which the reader can browse all in one place, pleased click on Textwork.com. The site is courtesy of Jenee Woodard, bible historian, site creator, researcher and founder.


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The Five Wise Virgins with a personification of the Church, c. 1400,

St. Anne's Museum, Lübeck, Germany.


All Saints – November 1, 2017

Celebrated November 4, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Revelations 7:9 - 17; Psalm 34:1-10; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 

 (To Read Appointed Lessons, Please Click Above)

All Saints' Day, which commemorates all saints, known and unknown, falls on Nov. 1; it can be celebrated on the Sunday immediately following Nov. 1.  All Saints' Day is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year, and one of the four days recommended for the administration of baptism. .

All Saints Day/All Faithfully Departed 

A discussion of the differences between All Saints and All Souls from 2012. Still a good resource.



October 31, 2017 - All Hallow's Eve

How can we "square" our Christian Beliefs with celebrating Hallow'een? 

Here are some ideas by people alot smarter than me!

An Authentically Anglican Hallow'een

Halloween - A Holiday Christians Can Celebrate 

What to do with Halloween?

(To read these articles, please click on them.)


 

October 29, 2017

Twenty-first  Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46 

(To Read Appointed Lessons, Please Click Above)


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