Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
October 30, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Then and Now
Scripture Lessons (RCL)

In 1999 the Episcopal Church Foundation wrote a report called ‘The Zacchaeus Project’. Here is what they wrote in their introduction to the report:

“About 2,000 years ago in the city of Jericho, a short man named Zacchaeus climbed up in a sycamore tree so that he could get a clear view of Jesus. What motivated Zacchaeus to climb that tree? Being short, he had become accustomed to having to work for a clear view when there was a crowd. But there were other factors. His search for a vantage point may have been a longing – a search for change and a different and better perspective for his life. With this view, an astonishing new possibility arose. He saw Jesus. That perspective became life-giving.

Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost
October 9, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: An Attitude of Gratitude

Ten people with leprosy called to Jesus from a distance, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us’. Leprosy is very contagious. People with leprosy, what we know today as Hansen’s disease, suffer skin lesions, respiratory damage, and if left untreated, permanent damage to skin, nerves, limbs and eyes. In 1995 the World Health Organization reported that there were at that time between 2 and 3 million people infected with leprosy. Leprosy is now treatable. In biblical times, lepers were confined to leper colonies, away from their family and community. They were instructed to cry out, ‘unclean, unclean’ to warn person not to approach them. They were isolated, feared, and rejected.

The different response of the tenth leper in this Gospel reading is a study in the response to God intervening in OUR lives; God changing everything; the hand of God reaching out and touching US. It is a study for each of us to consider; do we have the eyes to see God at work in the world, and what do we do when we do see?

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 2, 2016
10:00 am

Topic: Faith to Forgive

Our last month of journey through the Gospel of Luke has shown us a series of parables from Jesus that followed his admonition that we be aware of the cost of being his disciples. It is counter-cultural, and it is hard work. But the benefits are out of this world.

We heard the parable of the lost sheep, pointing out the need for us to recognize when distractions are pulling our attention away from our spiritual life and health. The parable of the lost coin was about us taking inventory whether the events of life have upset our personal schedules, and pulled us away from God over a period of time. The parable of the shrewd manager taught us to be thoughtful and decisive like that manager was, but as Christians, the objective is to direct our life toward the growth of God’s reign in ourselves and in the people around us. Finally last week,