Sunday, July 17, 2016

Introduction - C Proper 16 - 2016-07-17

Intro to the Readings
Amos 8:1-12Psalm 52Col 1:15-28Luke 10:38-42
We read from the Prophet Amos as the powerful and abusive push around the poor and needy.
Psalm 52 is about the tyrant – the bully – and the mercy of the Lord.
The Apostle writes to the Colossians about the Lord – who he is – it is a creed like statement.
Today’s Gospel account is of Martha and Mary – one at work and one at the feet of the Lord.

Let us listen at the feet of the Lord.
Let us live as those who bring mercy.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Introduction - Easter 6 - 2016-04-01

Intro to the Readings
Acts 16:9-15 PS 67 Rev 21:10, 22-22:5 John 14:23-29
The reading from Acts is a geography lesson, and the Apostle Paul meets Lydia, “a dealer in purple cloth.”
Psalm 67 is a communal hymn of thanksgiving. The Psalm encourage the people, and the nations, to sing for joy, for the Lord judges with equity and guides all nations.
From the vision we know as Revelation, we hear of a city who’s temple is the “Lord God Almighty and the Lamb.”
In the Gospel listen as the Lord, the Lamb, speaks about the Father’s love and the Word.

Let us listen to the Word.
Let us receive the Spirit of God.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Introduction - Advent 3 - 2015-12-13

Intro to the Readings
Zeph 3:14-20Canticle 3Phil 4:4-7Luke 3:7-18
Zephaniah, the prophet, speaks to the “daughter of Zion.” He does not speak to the son, or men, but to the daughter.
Our canticle is from the writings of Isaiah. A song of trust and rejoicing.
From Philippians – we have the “rejoice, rejoice” reading.
In the Gospel we listen as John the Baptist calls one group a “brood of vipers” and baptises those expecting the coming Messiah.

Let us listen rejoicing.
Let us listen expecting the coming Messiah.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Introduction - Proper 27 B - 2015-10-04 - Pent 19

Job 1:1, 2:1-10PS 26Heb 1:1-4, 2:5-12Mark 10:2-16

Intro to the Readings

Today’s Collect is a prayer for unity – for unity among Anglicans – among Christians.
Lately we have been reading from the Wisdom Literature. Today we read from Job – not job!
We will hear three readings from Job – Thanksgiving will take president next week. We listenl presently as Job’s wife suggests an end to his life!
Psalm 26 is a one sided lament – maybe it is your lament.
We listen to Hebrews as the writer speaks about the Glory of God – Jesus the Son! “The exact imprint.”
In the Gospel of Saint Mark, we listen as the Lord speaks about those God made “male and female” the “little children”, and the struggle of life and divorce of those who said they would love and love.

Let us listen.
Let us love.
Let us forgive.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Introduction - Proper 25 B - 2015-09-20 - Pent 17

Intro to the Readings
Proverbs 31:10-31Psalm 1James 3:13-4:3, 7-8aMark 9:30-37

We listen to a reading from Proverbs today – a reading about wisdom – sophia – about a woman – a wife – a mother.
Psalm One is a communal wisdom hymn that reminds us of the Torah - the Law.
From the Letter of James we will hear about heavenly wisdom. We also hear about resisting evil.
In the Gospel we listen as the Lord speaks about his betrayal and death. As well the disciples had argued about which one of them was the greatest, and a child is put among them.

Let us listen seeking wisdom.
Let us listen resisting evil.
Let us listen with a child among us.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Introduction - Proper 23 B - 2015-09-06 - Pent 15

Prov 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23PS 125James 2:1-10, 14-17Mark 7:24-37
Intro to the Readings

Today we have the “Stir up” Collect, and every now and again we need to be stirred up.
We listen to Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs today about riches and poor, in a world with refugees not so far away.
Psalm 125 is a communal lament. Globally we lament the lose of all life. We lament those who died hoping to live freely.
James also writes about the rich and the poor and reminds us to love your neighbour as yourself.
In the Gospel it is a Syrophoenician mother who begs the Lord, and they speak about children, food, dogs, the children’s crumbs, and a child.

Let us hear God’s Word.
Let us break bread together stirred to feed God’s children.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Introduction - Proper 21 B - 2015-08-23 - Pent 13

Intro to the Readings
1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43Psalm 84Eph 6:10-20John 6:56-69

Our reading from First Kings is part of King Solomon’s prayer with out stretched hands before the Altar of the Lord God, in the House of the Lord.
Psalm 84 is a Song of Zion, it echoes all that King Solomon offers in prayer in the House of the Lord.
We read from Ephesians about our spiritual warfare, how we are to dress ourselves for spiritual warfare, and how we are to pray in the Spirit.
In the Gospel we continue to hear the Lord Jesus speak about eating his flesh and drinking his blood – he speaks to us words that are both “spirit and life.”

The Disciples asked the Lord “to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Let us – with the Disciples – listen and believe.