The Upcoming Lectionary for September 2019

September 8, 2019, the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 18:1-11 [Are you willing to be the clay in the Potter’s hand? If our will makes us an unpleasing creation, are we willing to let God re-create us (redeem us)?]

Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 [This selection, as we contemplate God’s deep personal knowledge of each of us, is the preamble to the psalmists conclusion later in the psalm, pleading, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” May we be willing to make such a plea.]

Philemon1-21 [Paul’s plea to a slave-holder to forgive the runaway slave that came to serve Paul. Are we able to release any claim we have on others to allow them the freedom to search for God’s own path for them?]

Luke 14:25-33 [Maybe we’d better count the cost before we say we follow Jesus. It’s an all-in game, and allegiance to Jesus trumps every relationship, attitude and social convention.]

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September 15, 2019, the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 [God’s judgment is sure when his people are foolish and do not know him, when they are stupid children and have no understanding, and when they are skilled at doing evil but do not know how to do good.]

Psalm 14 [The fool says, “There is no God.” The fool’s aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, but the Lord is their refuge.]

1 Timothy 1:12-17 [Familiar words in Episcopalian liturgy remembered from my youth: “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

Luke 15:1-10 [Jesus welcoming tax collectors and sinners – willingness to leave the like-minded familiar to save that which lost.]

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September 22, 2019, the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 8:18 – 9:1 [The prophet is grief-stricken at the depth of the judgment of his nation.]

Psalm 79:1-9 [“Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us, for we have been brought very low.”]

1 Timothy 2:1-7 [We are to pray for everyone (yes, even kings and those in high positions) because God desires that everyone be saved and come into knowledge of the truth.]

Luke 16:1-13 [The shrewd (dishonest) manager: the earthly goods are not as important as heavenly wealth. “No slave can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and wealth.”]

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September 29, 2019, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 [Even as the kingdom is besieged by Babylon, Jeremiah buys a plot of land, the deed of which is buried for safe-keeping, to demonstrate faith that, despite the judgment being experienced, “Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.”]

Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16 [Abiding in the shadow of the Almighty – “Because he is bound to me in love, therefore I will deliver him.”

1 Timothy 6:6-19 [“But as for you, man of God, shun all this [the love of money, the desire to be rich]; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.”]

Luke 16:19-31 [The rich man and Lazarus. “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.”]

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