Hymns and Lessons for August 20, 2017 (Proper 15 – A)

All of the readings for this week’s worship stress how God gathers everyone to Himself. Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 assures us that God will bring everyone who joins themselves to Him to His holy mountain, not only the Jews. Romans 11:1-32 assures the Jews that God has not rejected them, that they are beloved for the

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Hymns and Lessons for August 13, 2017 (Proper 14-A)

At worship this week we will be hearing some of my favorite lessons from scripture and singing some of my favorite hymns.  Yours too, I hope. The scriptures are wonderful! The Old Testament lesson is Job 38:4-18.  You will remember that Job suffered terribly after God gave Satan permission to test Job’s faith.  Satan destroyed Job’s

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Ways to Honor the Sabbath When You can’t Really Sabbath

I recently saw this wonderful blog that I thought you might enjoy! Mike and I work on Sundays (as you might know) and so we have long taken Friday as our Day-of-Rest Sabbath, with Sunday functioning as our Day-of-Worship Sabbath (one of us worships during the sermon and the other one worships during the liturgy).

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Hymns and Lessons for August 6, 2017 (Proper 13 – A)

When the Gospel according to St. Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000, (Matthew 14:13-21) Matthew stresses how generously God provides for all our needs, both of body and of soul. All of today’s lessons and hymns have to do with God’s bountiful provision of all that we need, both here and

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Why I love Pipe Organs at Worship

I really love pipe organs! I love the massive sound they make as they seize my heart and pull my whole being into worship. I love the powerful sound these instruments make — a sound that matches on the outside the overwhelming emotions I so often feel on the inside during worship. I know I’ve

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Hymns and Lessons for July 30, 2017 — Proper 12 (A)

In this week’s Gospel, Jesus says “The Kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which a man found … ” (Matthew 13:44) God values His creation and all who believe in Him to be a great prize: one pearl of great value. God so values His children that He sent His own

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Hymns and Lessons for July 23, 2017 (Proper 11-A)

(I returned from Iowa to discover that I had failed to publish this blog before I left. Fat lot of good that does! Oh well. Here it is, belated. Sigh.) As we continue in the “long green season” we arrive at the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. During this “long green season” the worshiping community reflects

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Hymns and Lessons for July 16, 2017 (Proper 10 – A)

The focus of this week’s worship service is the lavishness of God, the faithfulness of God’s Word, and the different ways that people react to God’s Word. All of the lessons from scripture use the image of God as a farmer to make a point about God’s abundance. In the parable that Jesus tells, Jesus

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 9-A (The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2017)

As the back of this week’s bulletin reminds us, “When a child gets tired and needs help, there is usually a parent nearby to assist. Her father or mother reaches down and lovingly gathers the tired and weak child into strong arms and carries her, at least until the child is rested. Jesus promises that

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Hymns and Lessons for the July Fourth Weekend (Proper 8 – A)

This week we are doing something unusual for Holy Trinity: three of the four hymns are tied directly to July 4 rather than the lessons. We don’t do this very often, but sometimes (under the rubric of “if you can’t beat ’em, join em”) we do. The only thing most Americans are thinking about this

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