Monthly Archives: July 2017

Neither Life Nor Death

Romans 8:26-39   Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Lectionary 17 ~ 8th Sunday after Pentecost  If you were to design and create your own kingdom of heaven, what would it look like?  Would there be crystal blue oceans and diamond like sand?  Would mountains be made especially for hiking?  Would cookies always be served warm?  And would […]

Master Gardener

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 7th Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 16 It’s been called the mile-a-minute vine, and other things that I cannot say in church.  Yes, I am talking about Kudzu, the vine that ate the South. It came to the United States through the Japanese government, which had constructed a beautiful plant exhibit for […]

The Word Accomplishing That Which God Purposes

Isaiah 55:10-13     Lectionary 15     Pentecost 6     July 16, 2017   During these summer Sunday mornings, I’ve been gathering with folks to explore the morning’s gospel reading.  I’ve asked them to listen, first, while I read the passage.  Then we all follow along with the text, while the passage is read again.  I ask: […]

Ordinary Time

So, howareyadoin’, one month into Ordinary Time? For you and me who are living in the liturgical world, there are two portions of Ordinary Time.  A short period comes during the season of Epiphany (between Christmas and Lent).  Now we’re in the longer portion, which comprises about half the year.  It started on June 11 […]


Romans 6:12-23  Matthew 10:40-42     4th Sunday after Pentecost – Lectionary 13   Americans are celebrating 241 years of freedom this week.  We do it with picnics, fireworks and shopping the sales in stores.  Freedom always comes at a cost, and ours is no different.  One of the many stories from the Revolutionary war is the […]