Tag Archive: Mark

Sep 25

20th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 28B] (Year B)

Job 23:1-9, 16-17 Have you ever wanted to confront God like Job dreams of doing?  To what questions would you demand answers?  Do you think it is possible to “reason with” the Almighty? There is a beautiful, almost “edgy” and “raw” quality to Eugene Peterson’s version of this in The Message.  Plus, I actually prefer the …

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Sep 24

19th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 27B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Psalm 26) Test us, O Lord, and examine what it in our hearts and minds. Our trust is in God alone! Together, we will walk in the light of your teachings, Holy God. With our voices raised in songs of praise, we will tell the world of the wonderous deeds …

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Sep 24

19th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 27B] (Year B)

Job 1:1, 2:1-10 Please note that Job was from the land of Uz…not the land of Oz. Even as Satan inflicts Job with sickness, God is still in charge. Two Sundays past, we read about the wise woman (described in Proverbs).  This week, Job’s wife seems intent on presenting us with the opposite.  I would …

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Sep 21

18th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 26B] (Year B)

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Esther is a fascinating character in our scriptures.  That said, there are many folks in the pews who likely have no idea who she was, what she did, or why her story has importance.  You may want to give an overview of the entire story (not just this passage).  One way …

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Sep 16

17th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 25B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (based on and inspired by James 4:7-8) People of God, let go of all that holds you back and give yourselves to the Holy One. We will turn away from the Evil One, and we will rejoice as the devil runs far from us! Come closer, cherished ones – the Lord is drawing near! …

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Sep 16

17th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 25B] (Year B)

“She opens her mouth with wisdom…” (Proverbs 31:26a) Proverbs 31:10-31  Yes, you can certainly use this passage to honor the women of your congregation.  But…since this passage is pretty specific about the woman beingmarried, you will run the risk of isolating the single ladies of your church and community.  Proceed with caution if you choose …

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Sep 06

16th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 24B] – Words for Worship (Year B)

Call to Worship (inspired by Proverbs 1:20-33) The bold voice of the Spirit cries out in the streets: Turn yourselves around, and hear the Word proclaimed! Pay attention, people of God, to the voice of Wisdom. We will listen and follow, so that we may live without fear! Prayer of Confession (inspired by Mark 8:27-38) …

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Sep 06

16th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 24B] (Year B)

Proverbs 1:20-33 While the NRSV is a perfectly good translation, I am also a fan of The Message and the Common English Bible for this particular text.  The Complete Jewish Bible is also a really nice translation. This passage could be the basis for a really interesting “dialogue” sermon.  Find a willing accomplice, and “interview” …

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Sep 03

15th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 23B] (Year B)

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 I have to be honest…  I’m not a big fan of the cut-and-paste nature of this pericope.  The verses that the RCL suggests are selected out of a varied list of sayings and…well… proverbs.  You may want to read through the verses that didn’t make the cut to see what you’re …

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Aug 27

14th Sunday after Pentecost [Ordinary 22B] (Year B)

Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Someone cue the giggles from the pre-teens sitting in the back pew…  The love poetry found in Song of Solomon is sure to make Jr. High School kids blush – and maybe even a few adults, too.  We don’t tend to think about writing love poems to God – or, about …

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