Saint John the Evangelist (Lockport, IL)

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lectionary for September 25, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday, September 25, 2005
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)

The Collect:
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; 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:
Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
The Psalm:
Psalm 25:1-14, Ad te, Domine, levavi, BCP version here
The New Testament Lesson:
Philippians 2:1-13
The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 21:28-32

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Christian Carnival

Is up, oddly enough at my blog, Pseudo-Polymath.

Oddly enough because I had just volunteered to be put in the queue, when Dory asked me to step in to cover a last minute cancellation.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Rain

O God, heavenly Father, who by your Son Jesus Christ has promised to all those who seek your kingdom and its righteousness all things necessary to sustain their life: Send us, we entreat you, in this time of need, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth, to our comfort and to your honor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Update: I have moved this to the top of the blog again. Even though the Gulf coast is suffering the after effects of Katrina, our area is suffering from the lack of rain. [Ed. Don't worry about the "date" of the post. I am "playing" with Blogger to force this note to stay at the top of the blog.]


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

God is not responsible!

Finally, a blog response to all the nonsense floating about regarding God calling forth Katrina (and other natural disasters) as punishment for sin, etc.

Ben Witherington, a respected New Testament scholar, asks and then answers:
What do the fundamentalist Christian TV preacher and the head of Al Quaeda in Iraq have in common? Answer--- they both think that Hurricane Katrina is a judgment of God on American sin!
His reply is much more Biblically nuanced than the knee-jerk of "an angry God" crowd. As usual, read the whole thing here.

Update: I just came across another set of worthy articles regarding Katrina and the sovereignty of God. They are two articles in a short series written by Mark D. Roberts:

The title of the study is "In the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." Parts 7 and 8 are the two articles that caught my attention, but all eight are worthy of consideration. [Part 8 also contain "before and after" photos of three churches, two of which are episcopal.]


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Lectionary for Sunday, September 11, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday, September 11, 2005
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecose (Proper 19)


The Collect:
O God, because without you we are not able to please you mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson:
Ecclesiasticus 27:30-28:7
The Psalm:
Psalm 103, Benedic, anima mea, BCP version here
The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 14:5-12
The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 18:21-35

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Just Askin'

Denzil on Sunday in his post service comments noted that Pat Robertson had "given thanks he was spared" from the disaster in New Orleans and the general reaction seemed to be that comment was way out of line.

Now for be it from me to be an apologist for Mr Robertson, heavens knows the man can put his foot in his mouth to match the best worst of them, but it seems to me that giving Thanks to the Lord when one is spared from calamity is not beyond the pale, in fact if I was more familiar with David's poetry, I could (and should) be able to spout off a dozen instances where the Pslamist gives thanks for just that. Now there may have been more in context which made Mr Robertson's remarks offensive ... but given what Denzil quoted, I don't get it.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Lectionary for Sunday, September 4, 2005

The Lessons for Sunday, September 4, 2005
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18)

The Collect:
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Old Testament Lesson:
Ezekiel 33:(1-6)7-11
The Psalm:
Psalm 119:33-48, Legem pone , BCP version here
The New Testament Lesson:
Romans 12:9-21
The Gospel Lesson:
Matthew 18:15-20