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Belonging and Behaviour: The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 18, 2020 Isaiah 45:1-7 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 There’s a famous line from the comic actor Groucho Marx (the one with the glasses and cigar): “I wouldn’t want to belong to a club that would have me as a member.” In the news right now (which is to say, in the world […]

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Giving Thanks While the City Burns: The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 11, 2020: Isaiah 25:1-9 Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 Today we may have just heard the most appropriate Thanksgiving gospel story for the year 2020… Lots of food, but the spectre of death and a city on fire. It’s not just the troops, and executions, and burning of the city that’s disturbing, but after […]

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Seeing Our Work in Perspective: The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, October 4, 2020 Isaiah 5:1-7 Philippians 3:4b-14 Matthew 21:33-46 I don’t know about you, but my mind is still in late August or early September; definitely not in the headspace of Thanksgiving, which is… well, it arrived up there. But subtly our gospel readings since we’ve returned to in-person gatherings have had this theme […]

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Reconciling Authority and Humility: The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 27, 2020: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 The Jesus in today’s story is not conflict and awkwardness-avoidant. This is Jesus the day after overturning tables in the Temple. It’s a Jesus who is known by his authority. “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” […]

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Wishing Your Boss Wasn’t So Nice to All the Other Workers: The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 20, 2020: Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16 I feel a sort of affinity with this parable. As a teenager, spending summers on a farm, early on in the season enjoying the short days (though short pay) of working just 7:00 till noon. But then settling into a routine of 5:00 […]

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