B 147 – Pentecost 25

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B 147 - Pentecost 25
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Carolyn and Fran explore the profound suffering and faithful persistence that Hannah embodies in 1 Samuel 1:4-20; we note the evocative language used in the passage to describe her relentless ordeal of infertility and talk about the pastoral implications of preaching on the text. We note the abundant hope and thankfulness expressed in Hannah’s song…

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B 145 – Pentecost 23 (Proper 26)

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B 145 - Pentecost 23 (Proper 26)
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For Pentecost 23 Rachel Kronberger and Fran delve into the book of Ruth (1:1-18), noting the word plays in the text and the larger themes of feast and famine, love and loss, emptiness and abundance that weave throughout the story. We focus on Ruth’s outsider status, and her gracious covenant with ‘bitter’ Naomi, and note…

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B 134 – Pentecost 12 (Proper 15)

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Howard Wallace joins Kylie and Fran to explore the end of David’s and beginning of Solomon’s reigns in 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. We talk about the biased picture the lectionary provides of Solomon. We look at the call pattern evident in Solomon’s taking up the kingship and the model of leadership which 1 Kings portrays…

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B110 – Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)

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B110 - Lent 2 (Mark 8:31-38; Gen 17:1-7; 15-17)
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God comes to Abraham with the promise of a new future, one where God is present and faithful. We talk about covenant, the paradox of walking before God and following the call. We mention the nature of human response to God: Abram falls on his face – laughing, Peter (in Mark) rebukes Jesus. God’s faithfulness…

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B109 – Lent 1 (Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)

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B109 - Lent 1 (Gen 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15)
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Echoes from the first creation story ring throughout Genesis 9 as God establishes a renewed covenant with Noah and ‘every living creature’. We note the emphasis on God being the main player in this covenant; there is nothing expected of Noah or creation, except to receive God’s faithfulness. God’s faithfulness is in remembering God’s people.…

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