Hymns and Lessons for Proper 20 (Cycle C)

The Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Gospel all have to do with how deeply God cares about how we use that money he has entrusted us with. God cares about our stewardship. We tend to look at stewardship as what we do with our stuff. Stewardship Committee meetings become forums to ask, “Where

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 19 (Cycle C)

The lessons for this Sunday have to do with sheep and shepherds, finding and losing, and the joy of the Shepherd when a lost sheep is found. The Processional Hymn for this Sunday is “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling.” (And those of you who are subscribers to my blog will be able to see

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Stethoscope – Music from the Heart

A member of our congregation sent me this WONDERFUL short video from YouTube. (If you are a subscriber to my blog, just click the title of today’s blog and it will take you straight to the HTLC website where you can view this YouTube video.) As I listened to the music coming from “the heart”

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 18 (Cycle C)

One of my very favorite Old Testament stories takes place as the children of Israel are about to cross into the Promised Land. Moses is speaking to the Children of Israel for the last time; he will die very soon. So in this last speech, Moses tells them God is about to bring them into

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 17 (Cycle C)

Winston Churchill once described an opponent as “a very humble man, with much to be humble about.” Jesus teaches about humility in today’s Gospel — that virtue few of us seek and even fewer manage to acquire. After all, we want others to know about and appreciate our accomplishments. Jesus, however, encourages us to practice

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 16 (Cycle C)

As you learned long ago, there is generally more than one entrance to most places, whether that place is a private home or a large public space. But this week’s Scripture-readings remind us all that there is only one “point of entry” into the Kingdom of Heaven. There is only one entrance: the narrow door

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 15 (Cycle C)

Today’s Gospel contains one of the most difficult sayings of Jesus: “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to give peace on

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 13 (Cycle C)

This week’s worship service reminds us that “being rich toward God” is more important than anything we possess. You have all heard “You can’t take it with you.” Earthly possessions remain on earth after we have been called to heaven. God wants us to know that what we possess is not what’s most important. He,

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 12 (Cycle C)

This week’s focus is prayer. All of the hymns and lessons focus our attention on the God who answers prayer. They show us the Triune God’s grandeur, His majesty, and His tenderness toward us. I have a book of photographs of deep space taken by the Hubble telescope and sent back to earth. Whenever I

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 11 (Cycle C)

It is the essence of hospitality to create an environment in which the needs of those we are “hosting” are met.  Yet in two of this week’s readings from Scripture, both Abraham and Mary discover while they are “hosting” their guests, they are trying to create an environment for their Creator. They are trying to host the Host

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