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…

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…