Not to be Difficult, but …

Sunday, December 6, 2020Isaiah 40:1-11Psalm 85:1-2, 8-132 Peter 3:8-15Mark 1:1-8http://lectionarypage.net/YearB_RCL/Advent/BAdv2_RCL.html How’s your Advent journey going? What surprises has God revealed to you about how divine love comes into this world? How is your view of ‘normal’ being interrupted? In today’s Gospel reading, we jump back to the beginning of Mark’s version of the story andContinue reading “Not to be Difficult, but …”

Living in Anticipation

Sunday, November 29, 2020The first Sunday of AdventIsaiah 64:1-9Psalm 80:1-7, 16-181 Corinthians 1:3-9Mark 13:24-37 In the Episcopal Church, we follow a church calendar that begins each new year not on January 1 but four Sundays before Christmas Day (the date can be from November 27 to December 3, depending on which day of the weekContinue reading “Living in Anticipation”

Who’s the Boss of You?

Sunday, November 22, 2020Christ the King SundayEzekiel 34:11-16, 20-24Psalm 100Ephesians 1:15-23Matthew 25:31-46http://lectionarypage.net/YearA_RCL/Pentecost/AProp29_RCL.html Every year, when this last Sunday after Pentecost rolls around, it seems I find it more and more challenging to talk about what it means not just to say Christ is King but to live it. In first century Palestine, when Jesus walkedContinue reading “Who’s the Boss of You?”

Keeping our Lamps Ready

I’m late with this week’s Living Sunday School post (using the lectionary readings from November 8, 2020). I was hanging out with my 2 year old granddaughter (ok, and my son, too) so I know you’ll understand. But I didn’t want to skip it all together because this particular parable teaches us so much aboutContinue reading “Keeping our Lamps Ready”

We are blessed when we bless

The Lectionary readings for Sunday, November 1, 2020Revelation 7:9-17Psalm 34:1-10, 221 John 3:1-3Matthew 5:1-12 Just about a year ago I wrote a post on The Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments in my series on Compassion. If you have time, I encourage you to read it here. To live the beatitudes requires us to change ourContinue reading “We are blessed when we bless”

Living Sunday School

When I was in Seminary at Wycliffe College in Toronto, our Evangelism professor sent us out on scavenger hunt style assignments around campus sometimes to find specific things and sometimes to discover what best fit the prompts. To be honest, I can’t remember (after all it was almost a decade ago…) many of the detailsContinue reading “Living Sunday School”