Tag Archive: Ephesians

Jul 30

10th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 18B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a Continuing the narrative that we’ve been exploring for the last few weeks, we get to read about Nathan’s (and God’s) thoughts regarding David’s indiscretions.  To put it simply: God isn’t happy. Nathan brings David to the point of confession through the use of a parable.  Are there stories/scriptures that “read us” as …

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Jul 22

9th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 17B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

</body> Call to Worship (inspired by John 6:1-21) Here, we gather to hear the Word. Here, we gather to experience the wonder of God’s grace. Let us give thanks to the Lord who provides so abundantly! Together, let us worship God! Prayer of Confession (adapted from Psalm 14) Those who are foolish say in their hearts …

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Jul 22

9th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 17B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 11:1-15 David may be one of the biggest heroes of the entire Hebrew Testament, but he isn’t a saint.  David it, perhaps, a perfect example of what happens when we think that since we were “chosen” by God that we have special privileges.  The David we meet in this passage isn’t where he’s …

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Jul 18

8th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 16B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 7:1-14a David means well, but he’s pretty clueless.  He’s feeling comfortable and safe, and he gets the brainy idea that the ark of God needs a fancier place to stay.  So, David tells Nathan the prophet that he wants to build a house for God.  God’s take on this idea: “Thanks, but no …

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Jul 09

7th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 15B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 24) The earth is the Lord’s; every living creature, every growing plant, every drop of water, and every speck of dust was formed and is loved by our Creator. Together, we seek the Holy One; together, we long to see the face of God! Lift up your heads and …

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Jul 09

7th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 15B] (Year B)

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 The ark of God – the Ark of the Covenant – is where God “sits”.  This is God’s throne.  It represents the very real presence of the Holy One. While the RCL suggests that we skip over verses 6-11, I think that we miss a lot when we pass over those …

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Mar 05

4th Sunday in Lent (Year B)

Numbers 21:4-9 Ok.  Let’s face it.  This is a weird text.  It usually leaves people (including pastors) scratching their heads and wondering why we have such a bizarre story in our Bible (though, I would argue that it isn’t the strangest tale found in our scriptures).  And yet, it is referenced in the text which contains (perhaps) the …

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Nov 08

Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 God self-identifies as a shepherd, so if you have access to a shepherd’s crook, that would be an obvious visual aid to use with this text.  If you are wondering where you can find a shepherd’s crook (they don’t tend to be in stock in most department stores), there are online retailers …

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