Archive for September, 2014



Proper 20/Ordinary 25, 2014 – Matthew 20:14-16

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Matthew 20:14-16“‘Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give this last the same as I give you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or are you envious because I am generous.’  So the last will be first and the first will be last.”

The vineyard owner hired people to work his vineyard throughout the day.  At the end of the day, everyone received a full day’s wage.  We are reminded that all of us are equal in God’s eye.

God of abundance, help us to be generous with others in ways that are pleasing to you.  Amen.

Have a blessed day,

Proper 20/Ordinary 25, 2014 – Jonah 4:11

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Jonah 4:11“And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

“I created the Ninevites and all those animals there,” God is telling Jonah in today’s passage.  We are reminded that everyone and everything around us is part of God’s handiwork – that we should treat each other like fine crafts wearing signs reading: Precious.  Handle with care.

Gentle God, help us to be more mindful of one another.  Amen.

Proper 20/Ordinary 25, 2014 – Jonah 3:10-4:1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jonah 3:10-4:1When God saw what the Ninevites did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.  But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.

Jonah wanted God’s wrath on the Ninevites, but God offered forgiveness instead.  Forgiveness can be quite hard, but we are asked to be forgiving people who follow a forgiving God.

Patient God, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Amen.

Proper 20/Ordinary 25, 2014 – Exodus 16:2-3

Monday, September 15, 2014

One theme that is thread through the lectionary this week is living in community during times of adversity.  Our passages for this week include: Exodus 16:2-15 and Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45, Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Psalm 145:1-8, Philippians 1:21-30 and Matthew 20:1-16.

Exodus 16:2-3The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.  The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Through the biblical account of this story, we know how it ends, so it is easy to be critical of the complaining Israelites for their lack of trust.  Yet I dare say that when the going gets tough and it is hard to see the end result for which we are aiming, we are often just as guilty.

Gracious God, grant us patience and courage to follow your will even when doing so is difficult.  Amen.

Proper 19/Ordinary 24, 2104 – James 3:9-10

Friday, September 12, 2014

James 3:9-10With the tongue we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.  From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so.

We began the week listening for God’s voice in the many ways it is offered to us.  We were instructed to value those who care enough about us to speak the truth to us.  And we have ended the week with a plea for us to speak to others as fellow children of God.

Gracious God, help us to the see the worth of everyone we meet today.  Amen.

Proper 19/Ordinary 24, 2014 – James 3:5-6

Thursday, September 11, 2014

James 3:5-6So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!  And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell.

What we say matters.  Our words can be source of great comfort to others.  Likewise, our words can permanently wound.

Loving God, grant us the wisdom to speak in ways that respect the feelings of others, even when the truth we speak might hurt.  Amen.

Proper 19/Ordinary 24, 2014 – Mark 8:27-29

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mark 8:27-29Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”  He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”

While we should listen for God’s voice in our lives each day, it is also important to have people who will listen to us and tell us the truth.  Jesus needed such people in his life, and each of us needs honest friends surrounding us, too.

Gracious God, thank you for those people around us who care about us enough to tell us the truth.  Amen.


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