Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time C, September 25, 2016

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

Now-walking toddler is finally asleep, grandparents (important toddler backup) are near Yellowstone (jealous!), husband is working all the hours this week, difficult cat is still outside in the rain after falling out the (first story) window, and what all I had already written for this Sunday was lost in a phone reincarnation and through my own errors leading to this being the third prayer of confession somehow. I’m sorry I’m not getting this out earlier. And I’m even preaching this Sunday, too. I’m going to take out a few things this week just to save my sanity and get this to you. Thanks for sticking with me.  

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We gather today to worship the God of eternal love and hope. 
All: My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust
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9/11

At least a third of the visitors to this site are not from the United States, and I love that so very much!  It keeps me conscious of not having country-specific references, and so I did not write anything into this Sunday’s liturgy about a day that changed this nation for forever.  I also recognize that 9/11 was one day for us but there are years and decades of terrorism and destruction and life-changing moments in other places.  What was for us a moment is for others all they have ever known.

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time C, September 4, 2016

Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33

The family reunion with celebrations for birthdays and anniversaries is now over, and I apologize for the delay in this week’s liturgy. I promise you that I will work this week to get back to 3 weeks ahead, and I’m saying it here to keep me on task. So thank you. 

My heart is full as my little girl is one:


And last week’s Gospel lesson about inviting not your family or friends to your parties but instead those who can’t reciprocate – well, that wasn’t lost on me. Still trying to figure out how to bring that one home. 

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
All: Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. 
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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time C, August 28, 2016

Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

A brief note on addressing the congregation:
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I say “dear ones” a lot.  That works for who I am and the feminine hospitality I try to impart, but it is not by any means necessary.  I used to like saying “friends,” but years ago that’s how a political candidate kept addressing crowds during his campaign [bonus points if anyone remembers who], so I switched to avoid that reference.  So find what works for you.  And in other ways feel free to change the liturgy as fits your needs.  These are living words, and at every step of their use I pray that the Spirit guides them ever more effectively home.

CALL TO WORSHIP
One: We sing aloud to God our strength.
All: We sing of all the times God has helped us.
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