Sermon Prep and Lectionary Prayers for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C

For July 17, 2016 SCRIPTURE READINGS Colossians 1:15-28 Luke 10:38-42 RESPONDING TO THE TEXT The story presented in this week’s Lectionary reading will be familiar for many. The main characters, Martha and Mary, are also very familiar. While they are mentioned in several other places in the New Testament, this passage is famous for identifying Martha…

Prayers for Christ the King Sunday, Year A (November 23, 2014)

Scriptures: Ephesians 1:15-23 Matthew 25:31-46 Call to Worship: Leader:         We come, for God gathers us here, with that community called faith: People:       where the hungry are served first,where the thirsty drink life’s water. Leader:         We come, for God welcomes us here into that home called grace: People:       where the naked are clothed in robes of hope; where…

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…