RCL Reflection, First Sunday of Advent, Year B. December 3, 2023. How do we preach the Lectionary’s apacolyptic reading from Mark as we begin Advent? One possibility is to talk about Advent as a time of faithful waiting and watching. The Rev. Elisabeth Hartwell explores. (Photo: Creative Commons)
Lectionary Reflection, Christ the King Sunday, November 21, 2021.
Sometimes it is difficult to hear Jesus amidst all the noise of daily living. Think about it. Maybe this Sunday is a good time to help folks prepare for Advent with some tools to hear Jesus above the din of consumer culture.
RCL Reflection, Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost
November 14, 2021
In a climate of fear and loathing that has gripped our civic life for years now, how do this week’s lessons speak to us as Christians? What is our response as we walk in the light of God? (Photo © 2010 J. Ronald Lee. Thanks!)
Lectionary Reflection for All Saints Sunday, Year B
November 7, 2021
All Saints Sunday is a day of celebration and remembering, a time of reflection and thanksgiving. This is the day where tears and belief comingle to yield hope in the grace and glory of God. (Photo by Paul J. Everett)
21st Sunday after Pentecost Lectionary Reflection, October 17, 2021
The disciples still don’t get it; Jesus’ style of leadership involves following, serving, and suffering. We’re still invited to join the club with faithful disciples from all times and places. Are you ready, willing, and able?
20th Sunday after Pentecost, October 10, 2021
What possessions, what “stuff,” and what intangibles are keeping you from following Jesus’ instructions for discipleship? This is another hard teaching, but it is one that comes with a promise.
Revised Common Lectionary reflection for October 3, 2021.
When it comes to human relationships, nothing is quite as easy as we think it should be. For instance, divorce, which Jesus talks about in this week’s gospel. The issue is likely to be close to many in your congregation. What’s Jesus saying?
Lectionary reflection, 17th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
September 19, 2021
Just as the effort of the grower and pickers is reflected in the bins of lovely, fragrant fruit, so are the works of our life reflected in the fruits of our deeds and the growth of our faith. How’s the harvest coming along in the orchard of your faith community? (Photo by AlicePopkorn, Creative Commons License)
Lectionary Reflection, 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B
September 12, 2021
This week’s psalm offers the perfect opportunity to talk about living with an attitude of gratitude–a necessary precursor to effective stewardship. (Photo: Tiger Girl, Creative Commons)
Lectionary reflection, 15th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B.
September 5, 2021
Income inequality is getting worse by the year, so this week’s lesson from James is timely. In it, he talks about human tendency to treat rich people deferentially while ignoring the poor. Shameful behavior then and now. What can we do about this? (Photo: James Cridland, Creative Commons)