Sunday, October 24, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 30 / Oct 23-29

Joel 2:23-32 – Psa 65 – 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18 – Lk 18:9-14
Intro to the Readings

Listen to an ancient reading that God shall pour out the Spirit even upon the male and female slaves.
Psalm 65 is a communal song of thanksgiving. Listen to the delight in the Psalm and be drawn yourself into God’s court.
The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy about being poured out like a libation, and as one who has fought the good fight.
The Gospel speaks to those who are righteousness in themselves, listen and be mindful when you are righteousness in yourself!
Let us listen to the Spirit speaking and receive the righteousness of God.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Introduction to the Readings - Proper 27 / Oct 2-8

Lam 1:1-6 – Psa 137 – 2Tim 1:1-14 – Lk 17:5-10
Intro to the Readings

The reading from Lamentations is a cry for the holy city – don’t be surprised – it is a cry for the Church.

Psalm 137 is a lament of the people – they lament they are so far from their holy city. It is also a Psalm of vengeance and not politically correct!

The Apostle writes to Timothy about the faith that is within him, a faith that was first in his grandmother, and mother. But now is his.

In the Gospel the Apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith. Listen to the illustration about a mulberry tree and one about a servant.

In our tears let us pray for mercy for all peoples.
Be faithful to the position God has given you.
As servants of the Lord let us listen to the Word of the Lord for us today.