The Inescapable

Happy New Year! We begin a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. This year we will focus on the story of Jesus told by Luke in his gospel.

The readings for this First Sunday of Advent are: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25; I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

May God direct your ways in peace, make you abound in love for one another and for all, and strengthen your hearts until the coming of our Lord Jesus.

On Lasting Peace, Shattered Glass, and Widows:

The readings for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time are: I Kinds 17:8-16; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44.

You can listen to Pastor Jay’s sermon here:

Today we marked several occasions: The 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, and Veterans’ Day.

Shortly after Pastor Jay’s sermon, we tolled our bells at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month and took a moment of silence to remember the fallen and pray for lasting peace even in our own day.

This day, amid celebrations and lamentations, may you know God’s lasting peace.

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.