Monthly Archives: July, 2011

Prayer of Self Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our …

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Benedict of Nursia

The Saint for the Day is Benedict of Nursia born at the end of the 5th century, who lived out his ministry in the early to mid 6th century. Here are a few notes about him: Benedict 11 July 540   Scriptures for the Day include: Proverbs 2:1-9 Luke 14:27-33 Psalm 1 or Psalm 34:1-8 The …

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Sermon Notes for July 24, 2011

The scriptures for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost (Year A, Proper 12): Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Much like last week, you get a Jacob story, and another parable from Jesus.  You can’t go wrong storytelling.  It has been my experience that people remember stories and pictures better than they …

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Story from a Boat

Anticipating worship on Sunday. Here is the Gospel for the day: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, …

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Sermon Notes for July 17, 2011

The scriptures for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11) are: Genesis 28:10-19a Psalm 139: 1-11, 22-23 Romans 8:12-25 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 (To the right is a resource that can be found at the Vanderbilt Divinity School resource for this week) Early thoughts on these texts- I love the lectionary during the summer months because …

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Blessing from the Church of Scotland

In today’s prayer from the Church of Scotland, the theme is: Meeting Places. The scripture is Matthew 9:10:  And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. We are asked to reflect today on these things: Reflect on the places where you meet or …

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