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. 

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.

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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