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Pentecost 16 C: The Group Mind of the Church

Instead of my normal practice of reflecting on one or more readings from the Revised Common Lectionary, this week, and since we will be welcoming new members to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, I have chosen to … Continue reading

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Sméagol’s Death Leaves a Hole in Our Lives

Sméagol the cat, lived with us almost the whole 20 years we have been at Heatherhope. Being dog people, Connie and I often thought of him as something of a bother. He woke us each up at least once or … Continue reading

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Pentecost 15 C: Ceremonies for Transcendence

The readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 Psalm                    Psalm 79:1–9 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Amos 8:4–7 Psalm                    Psalm 113 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 14 C: The Church and the Cancel Culture

The readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament       Jeremiah 4:11–12, 22–28 Psalm                    Psalm 14 Old Testament & Psalm, Option I or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament       Exodus 32:7–14 Psalm                    Psalm … Continue reading

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Pentecost 13 C: Beyond Anti-Racism, Beyond Woke

The readings for the Twelth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 18:1–11 Psalm                    Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Psalm                    Psalm … Continue reading

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Pentecost 12 C: College Debt Relief and the Smell Test

The readings for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Jeremiah 2:4–13 Psalm                     Psalm 81:1, 10–16 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Sirach 10:12–18 or Proverbs 25:6–7 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 11 C: God Does Not Play Phone Tag with Our Covid

The lessons for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament       Jeremiah 1:4–10 Psalm                    Psalm 71:1–6 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament       Isaiah 58:9b–14 Psalm                    Psalm 103:1–8 … Continue reading

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Pentecost 8 C: One Binary that Matters

The Lessons for the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Hosea 11:1–11 Psalm                    Psalm 107:1–9, 43 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14, 2:18–23 Psalm … Continue reading

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Pentecost 7 C: Audacious Insistence on a God of Mercy

The readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost are: Old Testament      Hosea 1:2–10 Psalm                    Psalm 85 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Genesis 18:20–32 Psalm                    Psalm 138 New Testament     Colossians 2:6–15 (16–19) … Continue reading

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Pentecost 6 C: Doers Blessed to be Listeners and Vice Versa

The readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost are Old Testament & Psalm, Option I Old Testament      Amos 8:1–12 Psalm                    Psalm 52 or Old Testament & Psalm, Option II Old Testament      Genesis 18:1–10a Psalm                    Psalm 15 … Continue reading

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