The Feast of St Luke the Physician

The readings for St Luke’s Day are: Isaiah 35:5-8; Psalm 124; II Timothy 4:5-11; and Luke 4:14-21.

You can listen to Seminarian Paul’s sermon here:

We celebrate St Luke as one of the authors of the 4 Gospel accounts. The third gospel is named for him and the Acts of the Apostles are also from the same author. While we know little about the authors of biblical texts, we believe Luke was writing to a Gentile community and that he traveled with Paul for at least part of his church-planting journey. Luke includes some of the most beloved stories in the New Testament. Among them, are the famous “birth narrative” we share every Christmas Eve, the “Gospel Canticles” we still sing in worship, and some of the more famous parables (The Good Samaritan and The Prodigal Son chief among them). Luke also includes more stories involving women and other marginalized community than any other gospel writer. Because of many of the stories and themes of the gospel attributed to him, we believe that Luke was a Physician, a healer. Because of this, we celebrated a Service of Healing during worship on Sunday.

May the God of All Healing wrap you in Resurrection warmth and carry you on wings of healing now and in the days ahead.

Focus!

The readings for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time are: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-4; Mark 9:38-50.

We worshiped outdoors today with our neighbors during the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. Please excuse the breezy noises in the microphone as you listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

May God’s Love lift you and draw you out into abundant life this day and always.

The Responsibility and the Vulnerability of Welcome…

The Readings for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time are: Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

(Forgive him, the microphone wasn’t properly connected at first, stick-it-out, the mic is fixed just a few moments after the sermon begins…it’s still worth the listen).

May God Bless You This Week!

Foolishness.

The readings for Holy Cross Day are: Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 98 (We sang Joy to the World, Isaac Watts’ versionĀ  of Psalm 98); I Corinthians 1:18-24; John 3:13-17.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

P.S. Break out the basil! Tradition holds that St Helena, mother of Constantine, found the relic of the True Cross on a hill covered by sweet basil…and it continues to be tradition to eat it on Holy Cross Day today.