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Proper 28 • Zephaniah 1:7–16 • November 16, 2014
November 4, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Andrew Bartelt
With the end of the church year near and coming quickly, Zephaniah deepens the darkness of the “great and terrible day of Yahweh.” The pericope includes the famous Dies Irae passage of the ancient hymn …

Proper 27 • Amos 5:18–24 • November 9, 2014
October 28, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Rick Marrs
The words of the first writing prophet, Amos, come to us only five times in the three-year lectionary, and only once during the Series A year in this pericope. It is paired with important New Testament …

All Saints’ Day • Revelation 7:9–17 • November 2, 2014
October 21, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Erik Herrmann
The celebration of saints has a checkered history in the church: raucous festivals around martyrs’ graves, prayers to saints to escape various kinds of sufferings, fantastical stories of their lives, and even trust in their merits. …

Reformation Day • Revelation 14:6–7 • October 26, 2014
October 14, 2014 – 8:30 am | No Comment

By Bruce Hartung
Like the beginning of a great meal, Revelation 14:6–7 goes well with the psalm for this Sunday (Psalm 46) for the celebration of the Reformation. They are excellent companions because both express unshaking vision to …

Proper 24 • Isaiah 45:1–7 • October 19, 2014
October 7, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By William Carr
I struggle with the notion that some part of Isaiah, mainly Isaiah 40 and following, is “addressed to the sixth century,” an idea that conservative commentators also endorse. I know Isaiah is directed to “bind up …

Proper 23 • Isaiah 25:6–9 • October 12, 2014
September 30, 2014 – 8:30 am | No Comment

By David I. Lewis
Today’s OT text is found in the section of Isaiah known as “the Isaiah Apocalypse” (Is 24–27). This “apocalypse” follows upon the oracles against the nations (Is 13–23) and offers a vision of Yahweh’s plans …

Proper 22 • Isaiah 5:1–7 • October 5, 2014
September 23, 2014 – 9:05 am | No Comment

By Dale Meyer
Maybe you’ve walked through a garden and seen these words, “The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth, one is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on …

Proper 21 • Ezekiel 18:1–4, 25–32 • September 28, 2014
September 16, 2014 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Kent Burreson
The Just Way of God
“The fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” This phrase leads Yahweh through Ezekiel to address Israel’s whining as they blame Yahweh for their woe and …

Proper 20 • Isaiah 55:6–9 • September 21, 2014
September 9, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Thomas Egger
Better ways, better thoughts. The ways and thoughts of God are immeasurably better than the ways and thoughts of sinful people. God therefore calls all humanity to true repentance, that is, to abandon their own wicked …

Proper 19 • Genesis 50:15–21 • September 14, 2014
September 2, 2014 – 9:00 am | One Comment

By Paul Philp
A lot has happened since Joseph’s brothers left him for dead in the desert. The brothers have been reunited with Joseph, and now their father, Jacob, has died. It is as if they are back in …