Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Christian Carnival

Is up at Crossroads.

Update: Sorry the was broken. It works now.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Lectionary for August 28, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday, August 28, 2005
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)



The Preface:
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament Lesson:
Jeremiah 15:15-21
The Psalm:
Psalm 26, Judica me, Domine, BCP version here
The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 12:1-8
The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 16:21-27

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Holy Spirit at work

Scot McKnight has posted a story regarding a question he once asked F.F. Bruce (an evangelical [when that term was a positive one] British scholar of the past generation who taught at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland). The question asked was "Professor Bruce, what do you think of women in the ministry and how texts like 1 Cor 14 and 1 Tim 2 apply to the issues at hand."

I find quite interesting (as does Dr. McKnight) that Prof. Bruce did not have a problem with women in the ministry -- this was in 1981 after all. But the response I find fascinating is "[...] as for what I think about women in ministry, I'm for whatever causes the freedom of the Spirit." I think I (anyway) need this kind of reassurance from time to time as we in ECUSA and the Anglican Communion face our future.

While I don't want to put a spin on Prof. Bruce that he may not have appreciated with reference to our current problems and issues, I do think that his reference to the work and leading of the Holy Spirit is important. The Spirit leads; at times the Church has to work hard at keeping up.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Lectionary for August 21, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday August 21, 2005
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)

Collect:
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament Lesson:
Isaiah 51:1-6

Psalm:
Psalm 138, Confitebor tibi, BCP version here

New Testament Lesson:

Romans 11:33-36

Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 16:13-20

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Lectionary for August 14, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday August 14, 2005
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 15)


The Collect:
Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Old Testament Lesson:
Isaiah 56:1(2-5)6-7

The Psalm:
Psalm 67, Deus misereatur, BCP version here

The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 11:13-15,29-32

The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 15:21-28


Tuesday, August 09, 2005

On Reverence

The pre-Reformation Church was far less solemn a place. We are more reverent, careful, and dolorous than our Medieval forebears. I wrote a little more on that here. What do you all think?

Good, bad, or a wash?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Lectionary for August 7, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday August 7, 2005
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)


The Preface:
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Old Testament Lesson:
Jonah 2:1-9
The Psalm:
Psalm 29, Afferte Domino, BCP version
The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 9:1-5
The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 14:22-33