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  • Exegesis (Psalm 100)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Making an Entrance

    by David Russell
    Kenneth Samuel went to court to settle a landlord-tenant dispute. The judge referred the case to arbitration. He wanted the two parties to work it out with the help of an arbitrator. So Samuel showed up for the arbitration. He entered the room with details that supported his claim and was pretty much convinced that a mutual settlement was impossible. The two sides just had a completely different view of things. The arbitrator entered the room and said that after reviewing the case, she believed that a mutual settlement could be reached. Samuel thought to himself, “Yeah… right!” But then the arbitrator proceeded to have the two parties talk about what common interests they shared. Both sides kept bringing up points to support their side of the argument, but the arbitrator kept bringing the two back to what interests they had in common. Three hours later, to Kenneth Samuel’s great surprise, they had signed a mutually agreed upon settlement. Samuel wrote, I entered the arbitration room with anger and doubt. The arbitrator entered the room with hopeful expectation. Thankfully, the hope she brought into the room overcame the doubt I brought into the room. What we bring to the issues of life sets the tone for what we will receive...

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  • Making a Joyful Noise

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Time to Give Thanks

    by Bob Cornwall
  • A Hymn of Praise

    by Steven Hoskins
  • Proper 6A (2017)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Sermon Starters (Proper 6A)(2020)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Those of us over a certain age remember a Coca-Cola commercial that ran incessantly in the early 1970s. In it a choir of people from all the world sing a song about global unity, about teaching the world to sing “in perfect harmony.” And somehow buying everyone in the world a Coke was going to be the ticket to make this happen. After all, as the song concludes, Coke “is the real thing.” Well . . . it’s an advertisement after all. But Coke is not “the real thing” to unite the world, to help us sing in global harmony. But the call of Psalm 100 does connect us to the real thing, to the real deal, to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who can and will in the end help us all shout to the Lord in perfect harmony as we enter his gates with thanksgiving. And maybe there will be Coca-Cola in the New Creation but . . . it won’t be the main event. Thanks be to God!
  • Proper 6A (2020)

    by Steven Hoskins
  • Narrative Lectionary Podcast (2017)

    with Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker
  • Proper 6A (2017)

    by Joel LeMon
  • Ordinary 11A (2020)

    by Joel LeMon
  • Christ the King (A)(2017)

    by Stan Mast
    Perhaps I hear Psalm 100 as a counter-cultural protest song because I just finished watching Ken Burn’s magnificent (and horrific) documentary on the Vietnam War. I lived through those terrible times, but I had forgotten the ferocity of that war and of the protests against it. Seeing those pictures of Americans protesting the war made me think of the way Christians should be protesting the war against the reign of King Jesus (cf. Psalm 2). But our protest does not have to be violent and bloody, contrary to what some Christian militants might think. Psalm 100 calls us to live with joy and gladness, thanksgiving and praise. That kind of living in this kind of world is eloquent testimony to the truth we celebrate on Christ the King Sunday...
  • Proper 6A (2017)

    by Stan Mast
    Knowing that Jesus is Lord is not a purely, or mainly, intellectual endeavor. Indeed, the word “know” in the Hebrew is yada, which is first used in the Bible in a very interesting context. “And Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and bore a son.” (Genesis 4:1, RSV) Knowing Jesus may begin with learning some facts and giving assent to them. But we don’t really know Jesus as God until we enter a close personal relationship with him, a relationship characterized by trust and intimacy and communion. Think sex and you have it.
  • Joyful Noises

    by Beth Scibienski
  • Christ the King (A)(2020)

    by Kelvin St. John
  • Christ the King (A)

    by Howard Wallace

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  • Doxology

    by Kathy Donley
    Tom Gordon was a hospice chaplain in Edinburgh, Scotland for decades. He had end-of-life conversations with countless men and women, but one in particular stands out. An elderly man said he served as a sailor in the Second World War on ships in the North Sea. Through his tears, he shared an event that had haunted him throughout his life. He had been on shore-leave before his ship was due to sail. Two days before he was expected to join his ship in the Orkney Islands, he fell ill and was told by the doctor that he was unfit to travel. During his recuperation, word came that his ship had been sunk and only a handful of sailors survived. In between wiping his eyes he asked two questions. First, he asked: Why was I spared when others died? He had wrestled with this question for years and concluded that it was random chance. God had not spared him while condemning others. His second question was the one that still rocked his soul. He asked: Have I been thankful enough for the life I’ve been given? He knew that if not for a timely, microscopic virus, he most likely would have never survived his early twenties. He would have never experienced a million things he encountered over his long life. As the end approached, he wondered if he had sufficiently expressed his gratitude for the many extra years he had been given...