August 2, 2020 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
unday, August 2, 2020 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
We are already to the beginning of August; can you believe it?! I am praying you are finding rest and renewal during these summer months even in the midst of this global pandemic that has cancelled and/or changed so many things.
The season of Pentecost is the season of growth and discipleship for the church.
- How are you growing in your faith and life?
- How is God at work in and through you?
Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21
In today’s first reading, God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost—a message of blessing and abundance.
In today’s gospel reading, Jesus feeds a hungry crowd (of 5000 men plus women and children)—another message of blessing and abundance.
When we gather for Holy Communion, we remember all who are hungry, poor, excluded, and in need in our world today… knowing that they too are invited to the Lord’s Table to participate in God’s blessing and abundance.
As we share the bread of life, remember—we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry. We ALL have a part to play… in the feeding of the multitudes… in the sharing of God’s blessings and abundance.
July 26, 2020 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
The Kingdom of God—or the Kingdom of Heaven, as it is called in the Gospel of Matthew—is an important focus of Jesus’ teaching. It refers to God’s rule and reign—which Jesus ushered in, but which is not yet complete.
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus offers us several images that reveal to us pictures of God’s kingdom:
- A mustard seed planted…
- Yeast hidden flour…
- A treasure found…
- A priceless pearl found…
- A net that catches “all kinds”…
As we seek the riches of God’s kingdom and reign, the great surprise is that God’s loving grace finds us first and captures us; and as Paul reminds us in our Epistle reading for the day, NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love which was made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior
1 Kings 3:5-12
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
July 19, 2020 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
It is an age-old question:
Why is there evil in the world? Why doesn’t God do something about it?
In the Parable of the Weeds, we are taught that the wheat and weeds are allowed to grow together until the harvest.
But with Paul and the early church, we long for the day when all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering.
Knowing that we all have both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God. And we go out into the world to bear the fruits of justice and mercy…
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-4