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Lent 1A - March 1, 2020

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 - Adam and Eve eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “On the day that you eat of it, you shall die.”

Psalm 32 - Happy are those whose transgression is covered, whose sin is forgiven.

Romans 5:12-19 - Death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses. Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.

Matthew 4:1-11 - Jesus’ 40-day fast and the Temptation in the Wilderness

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Ash Wednesday ABC – February 26, 2020

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Blow the trumpet. Sound a fast. Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Tear your hearts, not your garments.
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Isaiah 58:1-12 Fasting as you do will not make your voice heard on high. This is the fast I choose: loose the bonds of injustice, set the oppressed free, share your bread with the hungry, invite the homeless poor into your house.

Psalm 51:1-17 Indeed I am guilty, a sinner from my mother’s womb. Wash me thoroughly and I shall be clean.

2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10 Be reconciled to God. Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! We have endured many afflictions. Dying yet alive. Punished yet not killed. Sorrowful yet rejoicing. Poor yet rich!

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Don’t practice your piety before others ostentatiously, so that you can be seen. Direct your fasting to God. Your reward is in heaven.

Direct download: 2.26.2020_Leap_into_Lent_-_Ash_Wedensday.m4a
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Epiphany 7A - February 23, 2020

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Prayer of the Day – Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

Psalm 119:33-40

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

Matthew 5:38-48

 

 

Direct download: 2.23.20_The_Heart_of_the_Law-_The_Six_Antitheses_Part_2.m4a
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Prayer of the Day – O God, strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 OR Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37 

Direct download: 2.16.20_The_Heart_of_the_Law-_The_Six_Antitheses_Part_1.m4a
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Epiphany 5A - February 9, 2020

Prayer of the Day – Lord God, with endless mercy you receive the prayers of all who call upon you. By your Spirit show us the things we ought to do, and give us the grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12) 

Psalm 112:1-9, (10) 

1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16) 

Matthew 5:13-20 

Direct download: 2.9.20_Salt_Light_and_The_Impossibly_High_Demands_of_Discipleship.m4a
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Below you will find the links to the texts and some sermon thoughts for Sunday, February 2, 2020 - Epiphany 4A. You can also listen to these thoughts on the podcast.
 
Mike
Bishop Michael Rinehart
Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, ELCA
 
Direct download: 2.2.20_Jesus_First_Sermon.m4a
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Epiphany 3A - January 26, 2020
 
 
Lent A at-a-glance
 
Ash Wednesday: Matthew 6 – Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
Lent 1: Matthew 4: The Temptation in the Wilderness
Lent 2: John 3 (Nicodemus) or Matthew 17
Lent 3: John 4 (Woman at the Well)
Lent 4: John 9 (Healing of the Man Born Blind)
Lent 5: John 11 (The Raising of Lazarus)
Palm/Passion Sunday: Matthew 21 and 26 or 27
Direct download: 1.26.20_The_Calling_of_the_Disciples.m4a
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Epiphany 2A - January 19, 2020

Isaiah 49:1-7- And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him... "I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Psalm 40:1-11I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God...

1 Corinthians 1:1-9– Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God in Corinth... I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind... so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ...

John 1:29-42 – John the Baptist encounters Jesus and says, "Behold the Lamb of God." Then, John's version of the call of Andrew and Peter, in Bethany.

January 18-25 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
http://www.textweek.com/festivals/christian_unity.htm

Direct download: 1.19.20_Que_Buscan.m4a
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The Baptism of our Lord A  – January 12, 2020

Prayer of the Day – O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be our daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Isaiah 42:1-9 – Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.

Psalm 29 – The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

Acts 10:34-43 – You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Matthew 3:13-17 – The Baptism of Jesus. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

Direct download: 1.12.20_Launched_into_Ministry.m4a
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