Friday, July 30, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 18 / July 31 - Aug 6

Hos 11:1-11 – Psa 107:1-9, 43 – Col 3:1-11 – Lk 12:13-21
Intro to the Readings

The first reading is from Hosea – it is the Lord God speaking to His’ children. God speaks with tender love.
Psalm 107 is a communal song of thanksgiving. The first verse sets the tone for the Psalm.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures for ever.”
The Apostle Paul writes to the Colossians – to those who have been raised in Christ. Raised to new life.
In the Gospel from Saint Luke someone asks Jesus to be their arbitrator. In response the Lord tells them a parable about a rich man.

Listen as the Lord God speaks to you a child of God.
Give thanks to the Lord – for God is good – God’s mercy endures for ever!
Be renewed in the knowledge that is yours in Christ.
Listen to the parable about the rich man and be mindful where we store up our treasures.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 17 / July 24 - 30

Hos 1:2-10 – Psalm 85 – Col 2:6-15 (16-19) – Lk 11:1-13
Intro to the Readings

The first reading is from Hosea the prophet. Through the wife of Hosea, and the names of their children God’s proclaims judgement, and yet mercy is heard – in the “yet”.
Psalm 85 is the cry of the community. Verses six and seven of the Psalm are very familiar.
From Colossians the Apostle Paul focuses on Christ Jesus the Lord – that in him the fullness of God dwells and that we come to fullness ourselves in Christ.
In the Gospel the disciples ask the “Lord, teach us to pray.”

Let us listen to the names and Hosea’s children and hear the judgement and mercy of God.
As a community let us to cry to the Lord God for mercy and forgiveness.
As those who have received forgiveness let us grow in the fulness that is our in Christ.
As disciples of the Lord Jesus let learn how to pray.

Parish Archivists on Route to Flat Island

Parish Archivists on Route to Flat Island

Jonathan Durdle and Alicia Howse on route to Cowards Island and Flat Island to map and photograph the cemeteries on the islands.
Thanks to Everett Saunders they had a great day and a pleasant trip - though it's tough getting some pictures among the roses and bushes.

PS: if you find a cell-phone on one of the Islands please give the Rector a call.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Take my hand and Dance!

The Annual Accordion Festival in full swing.
I walked into the SUF yesterday and sat beside a young girl many thought would never walk. When I sat beside her the music started. She wanted to take my hand which I was delighted to do. She wanted me to take her other hand. which I did somewhat reluctantly. She stood up and wanted to dance to the music.
We stood - we danced - we laughed - and I cried.
Kiana danced.

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 16 / July 17 - 23

Amos 8:1-12 – Psa 52 – Col 1:15-28 – Lk 10:38-42
Intro to the Readings
Today – from Amos, the prophet, we hear a warning for those who are unjust to the needy and poor.
The Psalm is a lament – a cry.
The key verse eight reads “I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.”
From the Letter to the Colossians the Apostle writes about his sufferings in the faith, but the first part is about Christ.
That Christ is the “image of the invisible God,” and that through his death he has brought about peace.
The Gospel is a short one so listen carefully. It is about Martha who is distracted by her work and her sister at the feet of Jesus.

Hear the Word of the Lord from Amos.
Trust in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.
Listen to an ancient hymn from the Letter to the Colossians as it expresses Divine Love for humankind.
Sit with Mary at the feet of Jesus, and hear the Good News afresh.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 15 / July 10 - 16

Amos 7:7-17 – Psa 82 – Col 1:1-14 – Lk 10:25-37
Intro to the Readings
Listen today as Amos, a herdsman and dresser of sycamore trees, prophesies to Israel, the people of God, and the king’s prophet Amaziah.

Psalm 82 evokes images the heavenly court, of God as Judge. The Psalm pleads for justice for those who are orphaned, needy, poor, the powerless ones of the world.

Listen as the Apostle Paul writes to the Colossians. He writes to the faithful in Christ – those who have been rescued from the judgement of God and “share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”

Saint Luke writes about those who will “inherit eternal life” as well. In a familiar dialogue between a lawyer and Jesus. Every thing is fine until the lawyer asks “And who is my neighbour?”

Let us listen to:
- the prophesies of Amos, a herdsman.
- to the images of justice in the Heavenly court.
- Words to the faithful in Christ
- to the conversation of the lawyer with Jesus afresh.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 14 / July 3 - 9

2Kgs 5:1-14 – Psa 30 – Gal 6:7-16 – Lk 10:1-11, 16-20
Intro to the Readings

From Second Kings we listen as Naaman, a general with leprosy, seeks healing through the prophet Elisha. Listen for Naaman’s disappointment.
Psalm 30 is all of thanksgiving – expressed by one person. An individual who is mindful of the wrath of God, but more so of the favour, the grace, of God. Turning “wailing into dancing.”
The Apostle Paul write to the Galatians that they shall “reap whatever” they sow. He writes about the “Law of Christ” and of boasting only in the “cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
In Saint Luke’s Gospel we listen as the Lord gives instruction to “seventy others” as he sent them to evangelize.

Let us listen and offer grateful praise to the God of grace.
Listen and let your boast be in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen as the Lord instructs you as you also evangelize today.