Saints in the hands of a humble heaven

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on…

Mukteshwar = “Eternal Life God” (live performance by Aradhna)

Someone asked for more information about the song in my last post (The Revolutionary Politics of Love). The song is titled Mukteshwar and is by a group called Aradhna. Below is a live performance, along with the lyrics and some information about the title. [The following is taken from a post at Global Worship – http://globalworship.tumblr.com/post/9001576693/mukteshwar-eternal-life-god-live-performance-by]…

The Revolutionary Politics of Love

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and…

Prayers for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (October 26th, 2014)

Scriptures: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 Matthew 22:34–46 Call to Worship: Leader:         Beloved people of God: we are called to love with all our hearts! People:         Let us love with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds. Leader:         Lift up your hearts; let us walk together as…

Prayers for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 19th, 2014)

SCRIPTURE READINGS 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The text this week from Matthew illustrates the continued confrontation between Jesus and Jerusalem’s religious authorities. This text provides an opportunity for discussion about Christian stewardship and the relationship between Christian communities and systems of power. This text asks us to consider: What does…

Prayers for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (October 12th, 2014)

SCRIPTURE READINGS Philippians 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The text this week from Matthew illustrates the continued confrontation between Jesus and Jerusalem’s religious authorities. This text provides an opportunity for discussion about who is welcomed in our midst, and how we respond to our invitation to be among God’s “chosen few.” Rather than a text…

To hell with the bully god

Weekly Notes in Preparation for Preaching: Matthew 22:1-14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14) Have you ever felt left out? Been left out of the game by your peers because you weren’t good enough? Because you didn’t fit in somehow? It is a common image. Most of us know how the…

Vineyard Tales (Matthew 21:33-46)

  After being confronted by the chief priests and the elders–representatives of the Sanhedrin—and asked to justify his authority, Jesus continued his response with another parable. He reminded them of an ancient Israel tradition: the telling of Vineyard Tales.   “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around…