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.

One: We sing aloud to God our strength.
All: We sing of all the times God has helped us.
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Justice and Righteousness 

I can’t remember if I shared this before, but in my head I have to re-define these words every time I read or hear them. Often I re-clarify for the congregation as well. So here is how I interpret these crucial words:

Justice: this is not the modern usage of punishing someone for stealing a loaf of bread. Instead this justice makes sure that no one needs to steal the bread in the first place. 

Righteousness: right relationship (with God, other people, creation or even ourselves)

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time C, August 21, 2016

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Psalm 71:1-6
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

[I think everyone should have communion this Sunday because I was totally feeling the Invitation to the Table today.  Ok, so I’m a fan of weekly communion anyhow, but today I could *see* that earthy, primitive, essential table and want to commune there badly.  But whatever worship you do, may it be blessed]

One: We come today praising and taking refuge in God.
All: Our rock and our redeemer is beyond understanding.
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C, July 24, 2016

Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 85:1-13
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
Luke 11:1-13

*exegetical note: I wrote a paper on the beginning of Hosea in the ancient Hebrew back in the day, and from what I found, “whoredom” is actually an incorrect translation. The word implies that she was indeed with many partners but not being paid for it. I think that changes the implications. I would be interested in hearing how that changes your reading.*

One: We come today seeking the Lord. 
All: We knock at the door hoping for a return to wholeness. 
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