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May 20, 2018 – Pentecost

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 (NRSV) 26 “When the Advocate[a] comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. 27 You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. 4 But I have said these things to you so that when their […]

November, 19, 2017 – Pentecost 24


Matthew 25:14-30 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Parable of the Talents 14 “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents,[a] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went […]

October 22, 2017 – Pentecost 20


Matthew 22:15-22 (NRSV) The Question about Paying Taxes 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for […]

October 8, 2017 – Pentecost 18


Matthew 21:33-46 (NRSV) The Parable of the Wicked Tenants 33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves […]

October 1, 2017 – Pentecost 17


Matthew 21:23-32 (NRSV) The Authority of Jesus Questioned 23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if […]

September 10, 2017 – Pentecost 14


Matthew 18:15-20  (NRSV) Reproving Another Who Sins 15 “If another member of the church[a] sins against you,[b] go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.[c] 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every […]

September 3, 2017 – Pentecost 13


Matthew 16:21-28 (NRSV) Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection 21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began […]

August 27, 2017 – Pentecost 12


Matthew 16:13-20 (NRSV) Peter’s Declaration about Jesus 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do […]

August 20, 2017 – Pentecost 11


Matthew 15:10-28  (NRSV) Things That Defile 10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12 Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took […]

August 13, 2017 – Pentecost 10


Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV) Jesus Walks on the Water 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the […]