Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski

  Lessons: Job 19:23-27a Psalm 17:1-9 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38   We have been hearing Jesus in a lot of arguments these past few weeks, but this one feels different somehow. There is no back and forth between Jesus and the questioner, no probing questions from Jesus in response, no mysterious parable offered.Continue reading “Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski”

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski

Lessons: Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22 Psalm 84:1-6 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18 Luke 18:9-14 From the moment we enter this world we are quantified. Newborns are whisked away from their parents and weighed and measured. They are scored 1 minute after birth and then again at 5 minutes on this scale called the Apgar scale, which from 1 toContinue reading “Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski”

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Anne North

Lessons: Genesis 32:22-31 Psalm 121 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8 What to expect when you are expecting the worst : living with metastatic breast cancer I have been leery most of my life about showers. I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in about 1960 at age 12; my parents were expecting a thriller very like TheContinue reading “Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Anne North”

Blessing of the Animals, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Jeremiah 22:13–16 Galatians 6:14–18 Matthew 11:25–30 Psalm 148:7–14 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me. For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Why do we like Saint Francis? Probably the most obvious answer, especially on a day like this one, is that FrancisContinue reading “Blessing of the Animals, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski

Lessons: Amos 6:1a,4-7 Psalm 146 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Luke 16:19-31 I was about 5 or 6 years old when I got my first pair of glasses. Everyone in my immediate family, my parents and my siblings, they all had perfect vision. So no one thought I might need some help seeing. Until, I think, inContinue reading “Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Jeanne Kaliszewski”

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Suzy Jeffreys

Lessons: Amos 8:4-7 Psalm 113 1 Timothy 2:1-7 Luke 16:1-13 Do you know what a grappling hook is? Most of you probably have a vague enough notion that if we launched into a congregation-wide game of Pictionary, you could sketch one out well enough that someone in your pew would guess correctly. Or you wouldContinue reading “Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost by Suzy Jeffreys”

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Exodus 32:7-14 Psalm 51:1-11 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10   This is a story that ends with a cliffhanger. The story goes like this. Once upon a time. Once upon a time, Jesus came to Portland. The whole city was really excited. Somehow, impossibly, Jesus was not on the news or on Twitter orContinue reading “Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert

Lessons: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm 1 Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33 Living this life is like building a tower. I’d like to start with a quick survey: how many of you here have done a renovation project? (I’m defining the term renovation fairly broadly here – so as big as adding or altering a bathroom and asContinue reading “Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost by The Rev. Martin Elfert”

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